Technology major IBM has unveiled IBM Q System One, a quantum computing system for scientific and commercial use.
IBM also announced — at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — plans to open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial clients in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019.
IBM Q systems are designed to tackle complex problems. Future applications of quantum computing may include finding new ways to model financial data and isolating key global risk factors to make better investments, or finding the optimal path across global systems for ultra-efficient logistics and optimizing fleet operations for deliveries.
The opening of IBM Q Quantum Computation Center later this year in Poughkeepsie, New York, will expand the IBM Q Network commercial quantum computing program, which already includes systems at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York.
“The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialization of quantum computing,” said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research.
IBM has a team of designers, architects, and manufacturers to work alongside IBM Research scientists and systems engineers to design IBM Q System One.
UK industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, and Goppion, a Milan-based manufacturer of museum display cases that protect precious art including the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, were part of the team.
The free and publicly available IBM Q Experience has more than 100,000 users, who have run more than 6.7 million experiments and published more than 130 third-party research papers.
Developers have downloaded Qiskit, an open-source quantum software development kit, more than 140,000 times to run quantum computing programs. IBM Q Network includes the recent additions of Argonne National Laboratory, CERN, ExxonMobil, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.