IBM gets 9,100 patents in 2018, India second highest contributor

Doris Richards
January 10, 2019

Q System One also boasts being the first "universal approximate superconducting quantum computers to operate beyond the confines of the research lab". The new machine doesn't look like a mainframe computer.

It said that the design "includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass forming a sealed, airtight enclosure". "For example, one of our new partners in the IBM Q Network, ExxonMobil, is exploring more predictive environmental and highly accurate quantum chemistry calculations to enable the discovery of new materials for more efficient carbon capture". IBM, along with other big tech firms such as Google, Microsoft and Intel, is working toward a universal, scalable quantum computer, which will be capable of solving a lot of problems without needing specialization - moving technologists past the limits of current classical and supercomputers. The project will bring together IBM and CERN scientists to investigate how to apply quantum machine learning techniques to classify collisions produced at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The designing work of the machine was also accomplished by United Kingdom industrial and interior design studios Map Project Office and Milan-based museum display case manufacturer Goppion, and Universal Design Studio.

Start saving up those pennies, and you too could one day have access to a quantum computer. The 20-qubit system combines into a single package the quantum and classical computing parts it takes to use a machine like this for research and business applications.

IBM managed to shed all that and build a compact handsome piece-of-art that rests inside a 9-foot tall, 9-foot wide half-inch borosilicate glass case. The goal of the centre is to make IBM Q System One capacity available on a limited commercial basis. This makes the system suitable for commercial use cases, IBM said.

"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", it said. In addition, the no-cost and publicly available IBM Q Experience now supports more than 100,000 users, who have run more than 6.7 million experiments and published more than 130 third-party research papers.

The quantum computing train keeps on rolling. The system essentially works with quantum bits, also mostly shortened to qubits. All these are likely to be the areas where the IBM Q System One will be sufficient enough.

It plans to house an undisclosed number of these systems at an IBM Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2019. "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".

Additionally, IBM secured more than 2,000 cloud computing-related patents, as well as more than 1,400 cybersecurity patents. But quantum computing is something that could sit alongside the company's cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) developments to give it an edge against the competition.

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