D-Wave Systems Signs 7-Year Deal with Google, NASA and USRA
A Burnaby, Canada-based quantum computing company, D-Wave Systems, Inc. revealed on Monday that it has recently signed a contract with NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to supply its quantum computers.
The company will be supplying D-Wave’s quantum computers to its contractors as part of an ongoing investigation to check whether its quantum computers could be used as the next artificial intelligence platform.
The companies jointly said installation of a new D-Wave 2X system was recently completed. The system, which is now operational, includes a 1000+ qubit quantum processor.
“At 1000+ qubits, the D-Wave 2X quantum processor evaluates all 21000 possible solutions simultaneously as it converges on optimal or near optimal solutions, more possibilities than there are particles in the observable universe”, claims D-Wave Systems.
It has been said that the quantum computers will be using qubits, or quantum bits, which rely on laws of quantum mechanics to achieve various states. Qubits can hold multiple states at a time, which means that it can be 1 or a 0, or it can be both 1 and 0 simultaneously.
But the thing that makes quantum computing a challenge is that the qubits require an operating temperature of below 15 millikelvin, near absolute zero and 180 times colder than interstellar space.
NASA and USRA have already been using a 500-qubit machine, known as the Wave Two, at the Ames facility since 2013. D-Wave said in a statement that the order was the largest in its history.
NASA and USRA have already been using a 500-qubit machine, known as the Wave Two, at the Ames facility since 2013. The machines was used “to explore the potential for quantum computing and its applicability to a broad 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 centers.”
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