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Published on Mar 5, 2017
IBM Q systems will be designed to tackle problems in business and science that are too complex and exponential in nature for classical computing systems to handle. One of the first and most promising applications will be in the area of chemistry. Even for simple molecules like caffeine, the number of quantum states in the molecule can be astoundingly large -- so large that all the conventional computing memory and processing power that could ever be built could not model it. Jerry Chow, manager of experimental quantum computing for IBM Research, explains that modeling a molecule is the key to understanding its properties -- and could lead to the discovery of new materials and medicines.