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IBM launches the first standalone quantum computer

I would be interested to know what the T@CST quantum forum's thoughts are on IBM's launch of Q System One™ - described by IBM as the 'world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system'. IBM goes on to say its launch is designed to take quantum computing out of the lab and into commercial use. It is to be housed in the IBM Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeep and will be accessible to members of the IBM Q Network, a worldwide community comprising Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions, and national research labs, all looking to progress quantum computing in commercial and scientific applications.

Read the article here...

I notice the FT's version of the article claims that Q System One™ could be 1 million times faster than current machines, bringing a computation time of two years down to just one minute! Does that pose a threat to data security?

Q System One™ has been designed for stability, reliability and continuous commercial use with users renting space on the machine like main-frames of the past.

Q System One™ features include:

  • Quantum hardware designed for repeatable and predictable high-quality qubits.
  • Cryogenic engineering providing a cold and isolated quantum environment.
  • High precision, compact electronics to control large numbers of qubits.
  • Quantum firmware to manage the system
  • Classical computation to provide secure cloud access.

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