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IBM’s 2019 is the year of the quantum computer, industry remains bemused

IBM has announced that customers will soon be able to rent time on its quantum computer, served up via IBM’s cloud platform. Notably, a deadline and pricing have not been discussed, but much of the computing industry is looking on in bemusement, as there are already companies that can sell you a quantum computer if you really, really need one. Currently, there aren’t enough use-cases to really inspire widescale enthusiasm. Quantum computing is more a subset of supercomputing, and while they will eventually become useful for enterprises, especially when they can solve very complex optimization problems, for now they are not really relevant. Businesses need x86 cycles to run their boring software workloads, and sometimes GPUs or ASICs. Enterprises currently…

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