Quantum computing: D-Wave shows off prototype of its next quantum glow computer

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Quantum computing outfit D-Wave has announced commercial access to an “experimental prototype” of its Advantage2 quantum glow computer.

D-Wave punches its own path to qubit processors with its approach to quantum annealing† According to D-Wave, the Advantage2 prototype available today has more than 500 qubits. It’s a preview of a much larger Advantage2 that it hopes will be available in 2024 with 7,000 qubits.

Access to the Advantage2 prototype is limited to customers who have a D-Wave’s Leap cloud service subscription, but developers interested in trying D-Wave’s quantum cloud can Sign Up to “get one minute of free use of the actual quantum processing units (QPUs) and quantum hybrid solvers” running on the earlier Advantage QPU.

The Advantage2 prototype is built with D-Wave’s Zephyr connection technology that is claimed to provide higher connectivity between qubits than its predecessor, called Pegasus, which is used in the Advantage QPU.

D wave says the Zephyr design enables shorter chains in its Advantage2 quantum chips, making them friendlier to calculations that require extra precision.

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“The Advantage2 prototype is designed to share what we are learning and get community feedback as we continue to build the full Advantage2 system,” says Emile Hoskinson, director of quantum annealing products at D-Wave

“With Advantage2, we are pushing that barrier again – demonstrating that connectivity and noise reduction can be a delivery vehicle for even better performance once the full system is available. The Advantage2 prototype is an opportunity for us to share our excitement and get a sneak peek in the future for customers bringing quantum into their applications.”

While quantum computing is still experimental, senior executives are gearing up to become a disruptor by 2030. according to a study by consultancy firm EY† The company found that 81% of senior executives in the UK expect quantum computing to play a significant role in their industry by 2030.

Fellow consultancy McKinsey noticed this month Funding for quantum technology start-ups has doubled in the past two years, from $700 million in 2020 to $1.4 billion in 2021. “early 2035” through improved simulation and better machine learning. Will exceed $90 billion by 2040.

D-Wave’s investors include PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp, Aegis Group Partners and the CIA’s VC firm, In-Q-Tel.

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