D-Wave Is Now Shipping Its $15 Million Quantum Computer
D-Wave System has announced the first sale of it’s massive 10-foot tall, $15 million 2000Q Quantum Computer. The computer will go to Temporal Defense Systems Inc, a firm on the cutting edge of cyber security who plan on using the computer to gradually progress at solving problems that were previously too complicated to solve.
In addition to the announcement of the sale, D-Wave announced that the quantum computing system is now available for commercial purchase and will be shipped out to customers who have $15 million to spend.
The company claims their quantum computer offers 2,000 qubits as well as more streamlined controls. From their press release, they’ve said that the 2000Q system by D-Wave outperformed others on benchmark problems when compared to systems that used highly specialized algorithms that ran on traditional, yet some of the most powerful, servers by factors of 1,000 to 10,000 times. While that’s great for some businesses, the most consumer facing facet of the announcement could be coming from the machine learning applications that were used in the benchmarks.
As Nature notes, however, these computers work great when problems are designed to run on them. Anything not designed specifically to the systems could throw a wrench in the systems. This level of skepticism is expected especially when something new comes out. While scientists agree that the D-Wave does use quantum phenomena in their calculations, they’re not so fast to jump on the bandwagon. Some have their reservations that solving real-world problems will not be solved exponentially faster than traditional computers, despite the amount of qubits available.
No matter how you cut it, D-Wave has built a quantum computer that’s more powerful than ever. It can push computing forward and give customers more resources to solve complicated problems once unsolvable on classical computing systems.
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