ExxonMobil, IBM to work on quantum computing in energy sector

IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM's Q System One is the world's first commercial quantum computer

"This new system is critical in expanding quantum computing beyond the walls of the research lab as we work to develop practical quantum applications for business and science", said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research. "They quickly lose their special quantum properties, typically within 100 microseconds (for state-of-the-art superconducting qubits), due in part to electromagnetic environment, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations", said IBM while explaining the benefits of an integrated quantum computing system. Rometty predicted within the next five years, businesses will start seeing the impact of quantum computing technologies.

International Business Machines Corp. took another step toward bringing the world of quantum computing to commercial applications - and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty sees real results coming as soon as 2021.

The IBM Q System One uses a motor-driven rotation around its two displaced axes to ease its maintenance and upgrade process.

Commercial viability is not an indicator that the company has a pure quantum computer, however.

"These organizations will work directly with IBM scientists, engineers and consultants to explore quantum computing for specific industries". It's no surprise then, that IBM stresses that this is a first attempt and that the systems are "designed to one day tackle problems that are now seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle".

It plans to house an undisclosed number of these systems at an IBM Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019. Bob Sutor, the VP of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem.

Advances in quantum computing could provide ExxonMobil with an ability to address computationally challenging problems across a variety of applications, including the potential to optimize a country's power grid, and perform more predictive environmental modeling and highly accurate quantum chemistry calculations to enable discovery of new materials for more efficient carbon capture. However, quantum computers are much more powerful.

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact attractive piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case.

IBM introduced a quantum computing system geared for commercial and scientific use at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

"Protection from this interference is one of many reasons why quantum computers and their components require careful engineering and isolation".

IBM has banked on quantum as one of its core future technologies, first opening up client access through the cloud a year ago.

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