IBM unveils world's first commercial integrated quantum computing system

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In a press release issued by the company, IBM stated, "In 2018, IBM employee inventors received a record number of 9,100 patents, marking the company's 26th consecutive year of the US patent leadership".

IBM unveiled the world's first standalone quantum computer - the IBM Q System One - which is an architectural marvel yet powerful enough to leave the best supercomputers in the dust.

Designed by IBM scientists, systems engineers and industrial designers, IBM Q System One has a "sophisticated, modular and compact design optimised for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use". However, this relative fragility is why you won't be installing an IBM Q System One in your own office - while it's definitely a major step forward, it's a far ways away from being something you can order and have delivered. Instead, they will only be accessible via IBM's computing cloud. Theoretically much faster and more powerful, quantum computers have always been considered as the successor to modern computers and supercomputers.

The IBM Q Network is the world's first community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for business and science.

IBM also announced plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019. IBM Q System One is going to be a 20-qubits machine. New algorithms will also be used to model and simulate quantum network architectures and develop hybrid quantum-classical architectures, which combine the power of quantum processors with Argonne's world-class supercomputing resources. In the more immediate reality of 2019, IBM still has something in the works. Whereas the bits found in a traditional computer hold either a 1 or a 0 at any given time, the quantum equivalent - the qubit - can exist in both states at once. It's a cryogenically cooled, nine-foot-tall and nine-foot-wide cube that tackles some of the practical challenges involved in operating a quantum computer.

The enclosure contained "thousands" of components, and was designed in such a way that it could also be opened up to perform upgrades or maintenance - something IBM saw as critical if the system was to be used commercially. Having said that, it is still very early to predict the success of the IBM Q System One.

IBM has a legacy of bringing enterprise-focused computing solutions.

This design was specifically built to minimize interferences from ambient noises, temperature changes and electromagnetic waves.

A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to avoid potential vibration interference that leads to "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence.