D-Wave deploys first US-based quantum Advantage system • The Register

Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has announced the availability of an Advantage quantum computer accessible via the cloud but physically located in the United States, a key step in selling quantum services to US customers.

D-Wave reported that the newly deployed system is the first of its Advantage range of quantum computers available through its Jump into quantum cloud service which is physically located in the United States, rather than operating from D-Wave’s facilities in British Columbia.

The new system is based at the University of Southern California, as part of the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center housed at USC’s Institute for Information Science, a factor that may encourage organizations Americans interested in evaluating quantum computing who are likely to want assurance of access to facilities based in the same country.

“This is an important time for our US-based customers who want their Leap cloud access to the brand new Advantage system and quantum hybrid solver service to be in the region,” said D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz, in a statement.

The Quantum Advantage system was built around a new processor architecture, according to D-Wave. This includes more than 5,000 qubits and 15-lane qubit connectivity, which the company says allows it to solve larger and more complex business problems than previous D-Wave systems.

Like the existing D-Wave kit, this one is based on quantum annealing technology rather than the quantum gate approach followed by other companies, such as IBM. Quantum annealing is good for optimization problems, but some experts consider such systems to be less flexible than those based on quantum gates. D-Wave is also developing its own quantum gate technology.

However, D-Wave said its customers have already developed hundreds of early quantum applications using its quantum annealing systems, in areas including financial modeling, flight planning and quantum chemical simulation. .

With the Advantage system, users of D-Wave’s Leap cloud service will be able to access the quantum computer in real time, the company said. Leap also gives researchers, governments, and businesses access to a variety of hybrid quantum-classical programming tools and resources.

D-Wave also said the US-based Advantage system will be available for use in Amazon Braket, the fully managed quantum computing service offered through AWS.

IDC previously forecasted the global quantum computing market to reach $8.6 billion by 2027, up from just $412 million in 2020. ®

Kimberly B. Nguyen