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Dec 08

Show Your Work: D-Wave Opens the Door To Performance Comparisons Between Quantum Computing Architectures

Users can now use IBM’s Qiskit to submit the same problem to the D-Wave Advantage quantum system as well as other gate model systems supported in Qiskit BURNABY, BC – December 8, 2020 — D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today launched a first-of-its-kind cross-system software tool providing interoperability between quantum annealing and gate model quantum computers. The open-source plugin allows developers to easily map quadratic optimization inputs in IBM’s Qiskit™ format onto D-Wave’s quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) format and solve the same input on any quantum system supported in Qiskit. The code is available for free as a stand-alone package in GitHub and marks a major industry milestone: the ability to use, test, solve and compare real applications with both gate-model and annealing quantum computers. For the first time, developers and forward-thinking businesses can have a real assessment of the benefits of different systems on their applications.   Interoperability is a critical step in the maturation of transformative technologies. Until now, there hasn’t been a convenient way to send the same problems to solvers on both gate and D-Wave systems, or to obtain head-to-head comparisons of results from the two different quantum computing systems. Before today, using a different quantum computing vendor’s hardware and software required significant investment to familiarize developers with code, solvers, and SDKs.  D-Wave’s industry-first open-source package removes those barriers. Qiskit users can now submit Ising Hamiltonians to the D-Wave quantum computer, in addition to any gate model system Qiskit supports. Now, cross-paradigm transparency and comparison will give quantum developers the flexibility to try different systems, while providing businesses with key insights into performance so they can identify, build, and scale quantum applications.  The company also called for users to publish their work. “In order for the quantum computing ecosystem to fully mature, the developer and business communities alike need access to diverse quantum systems and the ability to compare cross-architectural performance,” said Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave. “The next few years will bring a proliferation of quantum applications, and companies must be able to make informed decisions about their quantum computing investment and initiatives to stay competitive. We’ve moved beyond measures that explore ‘does the system work?’ Instead, enterprises want to benchmark which systems add the most value to their businesses. We’re opening the door to this and we encourage users of the tool to share their work and publish their results.”   The news is in line with D-Wave’s ongoing mission to provide practical quantum computing via access to the most powerful quantum hardware, software, and tools. In 2018, D-Wave brought the Leap™ quantum cloud service and open-source Ocean™ SDK to market. In February 2020, Leap expanded to include new hybrid solver services to solve real-world, business-sized problems. At the end of September, D-Wave made available the Advantage™ quantum system, with more than 5000 qubits, 15-way qubit connectivity, and expanded hybrid solver services that can run problems with up to one million variables. The combination of the computing power of Advantage and the scale to address real-world problems with the hybrid solver services in Leap enables businesses to run performant, real-time, hybrid quantum applications for the first time. And with the new cross-system software tool, now users can benchmark their applications across annealing and gate model systems, to further understand and benefit from performance comparisons.  To download and install the cross-paradigm integration plugin for free, click here. As part of its commitment to enabling businesses to build in-production quantum applications, the company also introduced D-Wave Launch™, a jump-start program for businesses who want to get started building hybrid quantum applications today but may need additional support. About D-Wave Systems Inc. D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software and services and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modeling. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including NEC, Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, USC, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, D-Wave’s US operations are based in Palo Alto, CA and Bellevue, WA. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp., and In-Q-Tel. For more information, visit: www.dwavesys.com.        

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Feb 23

D-Wave Introduces Leap Quantum Cloud Service to Singapore

SINGAPORE – February 23, 2021 – D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today announced the introduction of Leap™ quantum cloud service to Singapore. Developers, researchers, and businesses in Singapore can now access D-Wave’s Advantage™ quantum computer, hybrid quantum/classical solvers, and the Quantum Application Environment (QAE) in real time via Leap to drive the development of business-critical, in-production hybrid applications. In addition to access, Leap offers free developer plans, teaching and learning tools, code samples, an integrated development environment, demos, and an emerging quantum community to help users get started building and deploying quantum applications. Leap  is now available in 38 countries globally, including Singapore. Singapore maintained its position as the world’s most digitally competitive country in 2020, after the U.S. This is according to the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking. The introduction of Leap into Singapore will provide the opportunity for developers and enterprises to accelerate digitalisation efforts across sectors. Singapore is also the regional headquarters of over 4,000 companies across industries, who can now harness the benefits of quantum application development.  “Quantum computing has the potential to speed up digitalisation across industries and has delivered significant value in industries like transportation, finance, and pharmaceuticals, all of which are thriving sectors for Singapore. Singapore is also an important research and development hub, and Leap has the ability to add significant value to this segment as well,” said Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave, “D-Wave is excited to bring our quantum computing solutions to Singapore, and we look forward to working with businesses here to reap the performance advantages, efficiencies, speed, and scale that quantum computing provides to enable the country’s industries to remain competitive in the region and globally.” To date, over 250 early applications have been built with D-Wave’s systems, many using Leap. Use cases for hybrid quantum computing span industries, and include protein folding, financial modelling, scheduling, logistics, manufacturing optimization, machine learning, and route optimization, among others.  Last September, D-Wave announced the general availability of its next-generation quantum computing platform to enable and accelerate the delivery of in-production quantum computing applications at production scale.  The Advantage quantum computer and the Leap quantum cloud service include:  New Topology: The topology in Advantage makes it the most connected of any commercial quantum system in the world. In the D-Wave 2000Q™ system, qubits may connect to 6 other qubits. In the new Advantage system, each qubit may connect to 15 other qubits with two-and-a-half times more connectivity. Information on the topology in Advantage can be found in this white paper and a “getting started” video on how to use the new topology can be found here.  Increased Qubit Count: With more than 5,000 qubits, Advantage more than doubles the qubit count of the D-Wave 2000Q system. More qubits and richer connectivity provide quantum programmers access to a larger, denser, and more powerful graph for building commercial quantum applications. Greater Performance & Problem Size: With up to 1 million variables, the hybrid solver service in Leap allows businesses to run large-scale, business-critical problems.  This, coupled with the new topology and more than 5,000 qubits in the Advantage system, expands the complexity and more than doubles the size of problems that can run directly on the quantum processing unit (QPU).  Expansion of Hybrid Software & Tools in Leap: Further investments in the hybrid solver service, new solver classes, ease-of-use, automation, and new tools accelerate rapid hybrid development in Python for business-scale problems.  Flexible Access: Advantage and the expanded hybrid solver services are available in the Leap quantum cloud service. All current Leap customers get immediate access with no additional charge and new customers will benefit from all the new and existing capabilities in Leap.  Ongoing Releases: D-Wave continues to bring innovations to market with additional hybrid solvers, QPUs, and software updates through the cloud. Interested users and customers can get started today with Advantage and the hybrid solver service, and will benefit from new components of the platform through Leap as they become available. With Singapore on a journey to transform the delivery of public sector digital services and build a Smart Nation, quantum computing can also support the rapid development of national level digitisation initiatives. Users in Singapore can access the Leap quantum cloud service by signing up at cloud.dwavesys.com. All users receive one minute free of quantum processing unit (QPU) time or up to 20 minutes of free access to the hybrid solver services. Developers who upgrade and associate their GitHub accounts can get the ongoing free time on a monthly basis. D-Wave also offers custom plans for enterprises and research institutions that need more time. About D-Wave Systems Inc. D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software and services and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modelling. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including NEC, Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, USRA, USC, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, D-Wave’s US operations are based in Palo Alto, CA. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp., and In-Q-Tel. For more information, visit: www.dwavesys.com.

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Feb 11

D-Wave Demonstrates Performance Advantage in Quantum Simulation of Exotic Magnetism

Fully-programmable annealing quantum computer demonstrates 3 million times speed-up over classical CPU in a practical application BURNABY, BC – (February 18, 2021) — D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today published a milestone study in collaboration with scientists at Google, demonstrating a computational performance advantage, increasing with both simulation size and problem hardness, to over 3 million times that of corresponding classical methods. Notably, this work was achieved on a practical application with real-world implications, simulating the topological phenomena behind the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. This performance advantage, exhibited in a complex quantum simulation of materials, is a meaningful step in the journey toward applications advantage in quantum computing.  The work by scientists at D-Wave and Google also demonstrates that quantum effects can be harnessed to provide a computational advantage in D-Wave processors, at problem scale that requires thousands of qubits. Recent experiments performed on multiple D-Wave processors represent by far the largest quantum simulations carried out by existing quantum computers to date.   The paper, entitled “Scaling advantage over path-integral Monte Carlo in quantum simulation of geometrically frustrated magnets”, was published in the journal Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/s41467-021-20901-5, February 18, 2021). D-Wave researchers programmed the D-Wave 2000Q™ system to model a two-dimensional frustrated quantum magnet using artificial spins. The behavior of the magnet was described by the Nobel-prize winning work of theoretical physicists Vadim Berezinskii, J. Michael Kosterlitz and David Thouless. They predicted a new state of matter in the 1970s characterized by nontrivial topological properties. This new research is a continuation of previous breakthrough work published by D-Wave’s team in a 2018 Nature paper entitled “Observation of topological phenomena in a programmable lattice of 1,800 qubits” (Vol. 560, Issue 7719, August 22, 2018). In this latest paper, researchers from D-Wave, alongside contributors from Google, utilize D-Wave’s lower noise processor to achieve superior performance and glean insights into the dynamics of the processor never observed before. “This work is the clearest evidence yet that quantum effects provide a computational advantage in D-Wave processors," said Dr. Andrew King, principal investigator for this work at D-Wave. “Tying the magnet up into a topological knot and watching it escape has given us the first detailed look at dynamics that are normally too fast to observe. What we see is a huge benefit in absolute terms, with the scaling advantage in temperature and size that we would hope for. This simulation is a real problem that scientists have already attacked using the algorithms we compared against, marking a significant milestone and an important foundation for future development. This wouldn’t have been possible today without D-Wave’s lower noise processor.” "The search for quantum advantage in computations is becoming increasingly lively because there are special problems where genuine progress is being made. These problems may appear somewhat contrived even to physicists, but in this paper from a collaboration between D-Wave Systems, Google, and Simon Fraser University, it appears that there is an advantage for quantum annealing using a special purpose processor over classical simulations for the more ‘practical’ problem of finding the equilibrium state of a particular quantum magnet,” said Prof. Dr. Gabriel Aeppli, professor of physics at ETH Zürich and EPF Lausanne, and head of the Photon Science Division of the Paul Scherrer Institute. “This comes as a surprise given the belief of many that quantum annealing has no intrinsic advantage over path integral Monte Carlo programs implemented on classical processors." “Nascent quantum technologies mature into practical tools only when they leave classical counterparts in the dust in solving real-world problems,” said Hidetoshi Nishimori, Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology. ”A key step in this direction has been achieved in this paper by providing clear evidence of a scaling advantage of the quantum annealer over an impregnable classical computing competitor in simulating dynamical properties of a complex material. I send sincere applause to the team.” “Successfully demonstrating such complex phenomena is, on its own, further proof of the programmability and flexibility of D-Wave's quantum computer,” said D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz. “But perhaps even more important is the fact that this was not demonstrated on a synthetic or ‘trick’ problem. This was achieved on a real problem in physics against an industry-standard tool for simulation—a demonstration of the practical value of the D-Wave processor. We must always be doing two things: furthering the science and increasing the performance of our systems and technologies to help customers develop applications with real-world business value. This kind of scientific breakthrough from our team is in line with that mission and speaks to the emerging value that it’s possible to derive from quantum computing today.”  The scientific achievements presented in Nature Communications further underpin D-Wave’s ongoing work with world-class customers to develop over 250 early quantum computing applications, with a number piloting in production applications, in diverse industries such as manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceutical, life sciences, retail and financial services. In September 2020, D-Wave brought its next-generation Advantage™ quantum system to market via the Leap™ quantum cloud service. The system includes more than 5,000 qubits and 15-way qubit connectivity, as well as an expanded hybrid solver service capable of running business problems with up to one million variables. The combination of Advantage’s computing power and scale with the hybrid solver service gives businesses the ability to run performant, real-world quantum applications for the first time. The paper published today is available here in Nature Communications. A Medium post about the work can be found here. About D-Wave Systems Inc. D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software and services and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world.  We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modeling. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including NEC, Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, USC, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, D-Wave’s US operations are based in Palo Alto, CA and Bellevue, WA. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp., and In-Q-Tel. For more information, visit: www.dwavesys.com.      

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Dec 08

Show Your Work: D-Wave Opens the Door To Performance Comparisons Between Quantum Computing Architectures

Users can now use IBM’s Qiskit to submit the same problem to the D-Wave Advantage quantum system as well as other gate model systems supported in Qiskit BURNABY, BC – December 8, 2020 — D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today launched a first-of-its-kind cross-system software tool providing interoperability between quantum annealing and gate model quantum computers. The open-source plugin allows developers to easily map quadratic optimization inputs in IBM’s Qiskit™ format onto D-Wave’s quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) format and solve the same input on any quantum system supported in Qiskit. The code is available for free as a stand-alone package in GitHub and marks a major industry milestone: the ability to use, test, solve and compare real applications with both gate-model and annealing quantum computers. For the first time, developers and forward-thinking businesses can have a real assessment of the benefits of different systems on their applications.   Interoperability is a critical step in the maturation of transformative technologies. Until now, there hasn’t been a convenient way to send the same problems to solvers on both gate and D-Wave systems, or to obtain head-to-head comparisons of results from the two different quantum computing systems. Before today, using a different quantum computing vendor’s hardware and software required significant investment to familiarize developers with code, solvers, and SDKs.  D-Wave’s industry-first open-source package removes those barriers. Qiskit users can now submit Ising Hamiltonians to the D-Wave quantum computer, in addition to any gate model system Qiskit supports. Now, cross-paradigm transparency and comparison will give quantum developers the flexibility to try different systems, while providing businesses with key insights into performance so they can identify, build, and scale quantum applications.  The company also called for users to publish their work. “In order for the quantum computing ecosystem to fully mature, the developer and business communities alike need access to diverse quantum systems and the ability to compare cross-architectural performance,” said Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave. “The next few years will bring a proliferation of quantum applications, and companies must be able to make informed decisions about their quantum computing investment and initiatives to stay competitive. We’ve moved beyond measures that explore ‘does the system work?’ Instead, enterprises want to benchmark which systems add the most value to their businesses. We’re opening the door to this and we encourage users of the tool to share their work and publish their results.”   The news is in line with D-Wave’s ongoing mission to provide practical quantum computing via access to the most powerful quantum hardware, software, and tools. In 2018, D-Wave brought the Leap™ quantum cloud service and open-source Ocean™ SDK to market. In February 2020, Leap expanded to include new hybrid solver services to solve real-world, business-sized problems. At the end of September, D-Wave made available the Advantage™ quantum system, with more than 5000 qubits, 15-way qubit connectivity, and expanded hybrid solver services that can run problems with up to one million variables. The combination of the computing power of Advantage and the scale to address real-world problems with the hybrid solver services in Leap enables businesses to run performant, real-time, hybrid quantum applications for the first time. And with the new cross-system software tool, now users can benchmark their applications across annealing and gate model systems, to further understand and benefit from performance comparisons.  To download and install the cross-paradigm integration plugin for free, click here. As part of its commitment to enabling businesses to build in-production quantum applications, the company also introduced D-Wave Launch™, a jump-start program for businesses who want to get started building hybrid quantum applications today but may need additional support. About D-Wave Systems Inc. D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software and services and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modeling. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including NEC, Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, USC, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, D-Wave’s US operations are based in Palo Alto, CA and Bellevue, WA. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp., and In-Q-Tel. For more information, visit: www.dwavesys.com.        

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