IBM announced the world’s first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system, designed for scientific and commercial use: the IBM Q System One.
This announcement is one more step towards the introduction of quantum computing in an increasing number of active sectors, beyond research laboratories.
According to IBM, “IBM Q systems are designed to one-day tackle problems that are currently seen as too complex and exponential in nature for classical systems to handle. 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 INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Minho, CEiiA and INESC TEC, set-up the QuantaLab consortium in mid-2018 and are members of the IBM Q Network that recently included “Argonne National Laboratory, CERN, ExxonMobil, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory”.
QuantaLab association with IBM Q Network provided the first connection to the IBM Q quantum machines from Portugal, opening a number of opportunities for both fundamental and applied research in quantum computing.