The world’s first quantum computer helps Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA solve complex optimization problems.
Photo: D-Wave Systems Inc.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Google, NASA and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) are making another quantum leap. They’re upgrading the D-Wave 2X computer used in the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab (QuAIL ) to the new 2000Q.
D-Wave Systems Inc. is the Burnaby, BC-based developer of the advanced computer that performs complex tasks in a fraction of the time it would take conventional computers.
Its multi-year agreement supports QuAIL’s pioneering research on how quantum computing could be applied to artificial intelligence, machine learning and difficult optimization problems.
“The new system will be the third generation of D-Wave technology installed at the Ames (NASA Research Park),” said D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell.
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The first D-Wave system was installed at Ames in 2013. Scientists have been using it for a range of complex problems such as web search, speech recognition, planning and scheduling, air-traffic management, robotic missions to other planets, and support operations in mission control centres.
“We appreciate that the new processor offers more controls for each qubit, which enables us to experiment with new quantum-enhanced optimization and sampling algorithms,” said Hartmut Neven, director of engineering for Google and head of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.
D-Wave’s 2X system, a 1000+ qubit quantum computer, was launched in August 2015, and was installed at QuAIL in September 2015.
In January, D-Wave released Qbsolv, open-source software for solving QUBO problems on the company’s quantum processors and classic hardware architectures.
The D-Wave 2000Q system will be installed at Ames later this year.
D-Wave’s systems are also being used Lockheed Martin, USC and Los Alamos National Laboratory.