ExxonMobil and IBM to Advance Energy Sector Application of Quantum Computing

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Rometty has been trying to steer IBM toward more modern businesses, such as the cloud, quantum computing and artificial intelligence, as she turns the company away from existing hardware, software and services that have been a drag on sales. The new machine doesn't look like a mainframe computer. The IBM Q System One ensures that these quantum computers can operate beyond the confines of a research lab.

"This is something IBM brings to the market that no one else really does". This includes a 9-foot-tall and 9-foot-wide case of half-inch thick glass to create a sealed and airtight enclosure. "They will have cloud-based access to IBM Q systems, as they work to discover real-world problems that may be solved faster or more efficiently with a quantum computer versus a classical computer". 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. Together, ExxonMobil and IBM will explore how quantum computing may address computationally challenging problems across a variety of applications.

IBM has showcased its IBM Q System One at CES 2019, which it claims is the world's first integrated quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use. IBM said the Q System One makes it possible to reset qubits in a matter of hours, instead of the days or weeks it normally takes.

In an interview with Fortune, IBM vice-president of research, Jeffery Welser said that the Debater, "is capable of understanding how two identical sentences can convey different meanings depending on the context and anticipates a world where computers will better understand human interactions".

At the same time, IBM also announced the opening of a commercial Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York later this year.

The quantum computing train keeps on rolling. IBM is yet in the early quantum computing development process. Theoretically much faster and more powerful, quantum computers have always been considered as the successor to modern computers and supercomputers.

A replica of IBM Q System One will be on display at CES. There is also a series of independent aluminium and steel frames to help avoid any potential vibration interference that could result in "phase jitter" and qubit decoherence. All these are likely to be the areas where the IBM Q System One will be sufficient enough.

The computer itself is in a nine-by-nine glass cube that maintains it at the exactly correct temperature and other conditions it needs to do its work - a kind of fragility that means that you can't just order one and have it sent; customers will access it via the IBM Cloud. Its Q System One aims to make integration a lot easier so that it can be applied to the issues businesses face.