D-Wave Launches Free Quantum Cloud Service

  • October 4, 2018
    D-Wave's latest 2048-qubit processor has to be kept close to absolute zero to function.
    Photo: D-Wave Systems
    D-Wave’s latest 2,048-qubit processor has to be kept close to absolute zero to function.

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    Quantum computing could someday supercharge artificial intelligence, accelerate drug discovery, and even reduce traffic jams. But existing quantum computers, which have only a modest, if any, advantage over their classical brethren, are expensive, finicky beasts. Even if you could afford the US $15 million to buy a D-Wave 2000Q quantum annealer [PDF], for example, you would need experts to maintain the ultracold operating conditions its processor requires.

    Until today, that is, when Canadian startup D-Wave Systems Inc. launched a real-time online quantum computing environment called Leap. Leap is the latest addition to the quantum cloud—services that virtualize quantum computing for almost anyone with a computer and a broadband connection to use.

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