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IBM plans to launch quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits, surpassing Condor

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It has not yet been the premiere of Condorthe world’s first universal quantum computer that will exceed 1,000 power qubitsand IBM 2025 is already marked as the deadline to launch an even more powerful one on the market with more than 4,000 qubits.

In 2023 we will be able to see Condor already working as an efficient device capable of finding answers faster and more agile than classic computers, which would take many years to solve otherwise. Despite its hardware limitations, Condor is a giant step forward.

IBM’s goal for the next year is to develop workflows built on the cloud, to bring a serverless approach to software stack core quantum and offer developers advanced simplicity and flexibility, offering efficient solutions to quantum systems.

But that’s not all, and together with Condor it will break out with force Heronthe first modular quantum processor that will help create quantum computers larger than 4,000 qubits by 2025. Heron only has 133 qubits, but thanks to his improved adjustable coupling architecture to join your qubits together (unlike Condor’s fixed-coupled architecture) and modular design will help create them.

Looking to 2024, IBM plans to launch Flamingo Y Crossbilland by 2025 kookaburra. With respect to Crossbill, it should be noted that it will be a 408-qubit processor, made up of three microchips, while Flamingo will be a 462-qubit module that plans to link them together through a meter-long quantum communication. From this technological application, it could be possible to exceed the 4,158 qubits. By the time Kookaburra breaks into the sector, applications in machine learning, natural sciences and optimization problems, among others, will be widespread.

In May, IBM released the news that it would begin to provide greater speed and quality to its quantum computers through a layer of intelligent software orchestration, that could overcome infrastructure challenges and distribute workloads. It therefore focuses on robust and scalable quantum hardware, cutting-edge quantum software to enable powerful quantum programs, and a global ecosystem of quantum-ready communities.

IBM’s first quantum roadmap was put on the table in 2020. Using the software platform Qiskit Runtime it was possible to multiply by 120 the speed of the quantum execution times. By 2023, it is planned to expand these primitives with capacities that allow them to be executed in parallelized quantum processors, generating the acceleration of the user’s application. will be through Quantum Serverless in your main software stack.

In another order, IBM announced the launch of IBM Quantum Safe to take cyber resilience to the maximum level and protect its customers’ data against the threats posed by advances in quantum computing. And it is that the step towards quantum security cryptographic encryption It is essential for progress.

The IBM research and development team has been working since 2016 in the quantum computer segment, placing the first in the cloud in that year. It had 5 qubits, each one like a superconducting circuit cooled to near absolute zero.

Already in 2019 the company created the Falcon of 27 qubits, in 2020 the hummingbird of 65 qubits, in 2021 the Eagle of 127 qubits (first quantum processor that exceeded 100 qubits, with quantum circuits that cannot be accurately simulated reliably in a classical computer) and in 2022 the Osprey of 433 qubits.

Earlier in 2020, Canadian quantum computing company, D-Wave Systemspresented a system of 5,000 qubits, but it was specialized in solving optimization problems and did not cover as much as Condor.

IBM Modular Quantum Computing Keys

The company established three scalability regimes for their quantum processors.

Building capabilities to communicate operations between processors

With a view to a broader set of techniques required for practical quantum systems, improving error mitigation and intelligent orchestration.

Chip-level short-haul couplers

They will serve to connect several chips that in turn will form a single larger processor, introducing essential modularity for scalability.

Provide quantum communication links

Among the quantum processors themselves with the aim of connecting clusters and forming a larger and more powerful quantum system.

IBM does not stop growing and the release of Kookaburra will prove it. A quantum processor of more than 4,000 qubits will mark a before and after as it is made up of numerous clusters with a modular scale.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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