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D-Wave says 5000-qubit quantum system is cloud-ready

Written by Thu 1 Oct 2020

Automaker Volkswagen among early adopters of Canadian company’s groundbreaking quantum technology

A Canadian quantum computing company has launched a new cloud computing service that allows businesses to experiment with a 5000-qubit system.

D-Wave, which has been developing commercial quantum systems for over 20 years, revealed its next-generation quantum cloud computing service, Leap, is now ready for businesses to build quantum applications on.

The cloud service incorporates the company’s Advantage quantum system, a machine with over 5000 qubits and 15-way qubit connectivity, and software that enables companies to develop and run applications that leverage quantum capabilities.

D-Wave also revealed Menten AI, Save-On-Foods, Accenture, and Volkswagen are among the companies building and running hybrid quantum applications using D-Wave’s new DQM quantum problem-solver, which will be available on the Leap quantum cloud early October.

Automaker Volkswagen has used the D-Wave system to build a quantum-based paint shop scheduling application that optimizes the order in which cars are being painted.

The power of quantum systems is typically measured in qubits. IBM’s largest quantum computer, announced this month, contains 65 qubits and the tech veteran is aiming for a 1000-qubit machine by 2020. Google, another company active in the quantum arena, has previously shown off a 53-qubit system, while Honeywell unveiled a 64-qubit machine in June.

A number of providers are also making quantum power accessible on the cloud. IBM was the first to launch a remotely accessible quantum service with IBM Q in 2017, which allowed companies to tap a 20-qubit machine.

Xanadu, another Canadian quantum firm, this month granted access to the first commercially-available photonic quantum computer fitted with 8-qubit and 12-qubit processors through its Xanadu Quantum Cloud platform.

AWS’s quantum cloud service, Braket, launched in December 2019, lets companies leverage quantum power provided by hardware partners IonQ and Rigetti. D-Wave is also a Braket partner, but with the launch of Leap, the company appears to be charting its own course in the quantum race.

Alongside Leap, D-Wave announced an accelerator program to help businesses who want to get started building hybrid quantum applications with support from application experts and partners.

“Today’s general availability of Advantage delivers the first quantum system built specifically for business, and marks the expansion into production scale commercial applications and new problem types with our hybrid solver services,” said Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave.

“In combination with our new jump-start program to get customers started, this launch continues what we’ve known at D-Wave for a long time: it’s not about hype, it’s about scaling, and delivering systems that provide real business value on real business applications.”

Written by Thu 1 Oct 2020


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