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Europe’s newest and most powerful quantum computer ever has just been unveiled in Germany

An IBM Quantum System One which was unveiled today in Germany and will be the most powerful quantum computer in Europe.
An IBM Quantum System One which was unveiled today in Germany and will be the most powerful quantum computer in Europe. Copyright IBM
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By Aisling Ní Chúláin
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Angela Merkel unveiled the new IBM Quantum System One, a machine that its backers hope could play a role in solving society’s biggest issues.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel was on hand on Tuesday morning to unveil Europe’s newest and most powerful quantum computer ever built in Ehningen, Germany.

The new machine is the end result of a collaboration between IBM and Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organisation.

Quantum computing is based on subatomic particles known as qubits which allow them to perform computations exponentially faster than a regular or even supercomputer.

Experts hope that this immense computational power could have practical applications across a range of industries and scientific disciplines.

IBM suggests that in the future quantum computing skills could play a role in tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as sustainability, climate change and public health.

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Video editor • Adrien Rignol

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