ExxonMobil, IBM to work on quantum computing in energy sector

Isaac Cain
January 10, 2019

"The IBM Q System One is a major step forward in the commercialisation of quantum computing", said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research.

BIG BLUE IBM has announced the world's first integrated quantum computing system designed for commercial use.

The quantum computing train keeps on rolling.

Alongside the rollable TVs, drones and other new gadgets on display at the CES consumer electronics show this week in Las Vegas, IBM Corp.is demonstrating the latest evolution of its quantum computing hardware.

We reached out to IBM with a host of questions regarding the Q System - like whether IBM intends to make more than one of these systems, and what the pricing structure will be for commercial use - and Dr. The casing is important: Qubits lose their quantum computing properties outside of very specific conditions.

Later this year, IBM will also open its first IBM Q Quantum Computation Center for commercial customers in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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ExxonMobil will become the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network. "As we continue our own research and development efforts in the areas of energy and chemical manufacturing, our agreement with IBM will allow us to expand our knowledge base and potentially apply new solutions in computing to further advance those efforts". Usually, quantum computers are carefully preserved in research labs, where various elements such as reinforced chambers, tanks of liquid helium, cryogenic equipment and hundreds of yards of cabling, the Financial Times reported.

"This integrated system aims to address one of the most challenging aspects of quantum computing: continuously maintaining the quality of qubits used to perform quantum computations". Potential applications include optimizing a country's power grid, more predictive environmental and highly accurate quantum chemistry calculations to enable the discovery of new materials for more efficient carbon capture.

The Q System One communicates with the outside world through classical computing equipment that runs alongside the qubits. IBM clearly thinks of the Q system as a piece of art and, indeed, the final result is quite stunning.

IBM has banked on quantum as one of its core future technologies, first opening up client access through the cloud previous year. Called as "IBM Q System One", the computer has been created to employ quantum computing principles (albeit in their initial phases) and could be used by businesses and individuals for their own uses.

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

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