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Sep 14

USRA, D-Wave, and Standard Chartered Bank Announce Quantum Research Competition

Collaboration brings quantum computing to universities and non-profits Mountain View, California, Burnaby, Canada, and London, United Kingdom – September 14, 2020.  A quantum research competition inviting universities and nonprofits to compete for free time on a quantum computer was just announced by three collaborating organizations.  The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) a non-profit organization chartered by the National Academy of Sciences and NASA to advance space exploration and science and engage the University community in its efforts; D-Wave, a global leader in quantum computing systems, software and services; and Standard Chartered Bank, a leading international banking group, jointly announced a Research Opportunity Program inviting eligible candidates to compete for free time on the D-Wave 2000Q™ quantum computer hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The competition builds upon the success of previous competitions.  First launched in 2014, the Research Opportunity Program has given access to the D-Wave quantum computer for principal investigators and collaborators representing more than 30 distinct institutions and resulted in more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Information about the previously awarded projects is available at https://riacs.usra.edu/quantum/rfp. The objective of the program is to advance the state-of-the-art in quantum computing and its application to artificial intelligence. USRA has been a customer and collaborator of D-Wave since the inception of NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) in 2013. QuAIL has been conducting research in quantum annealing on multiple systems including the 512-qubit D-Wave Two, the 1024-qubit D-Wave 2X and the current 2000+ qubit D-Wave 2000Q. Dr. Davide Venturelli of the USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, which has been working with NASA since 1983 conducting collaborative research in artificial intelligence and advanced computing projects, noted  “Our previous quantum annealing programs delivered science discoveries as well as many foundational proof-of-concept applications in the field of machine learning, robotics, supply chain management, wireless communications and many others. We believe that empirical research on large-scale machines such as the D-Wave quantum computer is essential to create efficient future hybrid quantum-classical solutions and to train the workforce of quantum computing professionals of tomorrow.” Standard Chartered Bank, a leading international banking group that is present in 60 markets, announced last month a partnership with USRA to investigate the applications of quantum computing to machine learning and optimization. Kahina Van Dyke, Global Head of Digital Channels and Data Analytics, says “At Standard Chartered, we recognize the importance of investing in quantum computing and the impact on commercial outcomes it will bring in due course. It is why we believe programs like these are essential to help us discover a pipeline of ideas that will bring us closer to the demonstration of quantum advantage on the real-world practical use cases”. Winners of the competition will receive valuable, free time on the D-Wave 2000Q system at NASA Ames.  A governing committee evaluates submitted proposals on the scientific merit, on the research team and on the application objective, as detailed in the request for proposals (RFP). “Quantum computing has always been at its best when the industry is focused on collaborative research and development,” said Mark Johnson, VP Processor Design and Development, D-Wave. “More and more businesses and developers are exploring quantum applications to turn their ideas into real innovation with a tangible impact. Competitions like the Research Opportunity Program are important to bring together research institutions, non-profits and academic organizations to further quantum advancements, and move the entire ecosystem forward.”   PR Contacts: USRA: PR Contact: Dr. Suraiya Farukhi, [email protected]; Tel: 443-812-694 Technical Contact: David Bell, [email protected] Standard Chartered: Shaun Gamble, [email protected]  Tel: +44 2078855934 D-Wave:  Addy Bhasin, [email protected] Tel:  949-812-1560   About USRA Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering.  USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities, and conducts other major research and educational programs, under Federal funding.  USRA engages the university community and employs in-house scientific leadership, innovative research and development, and project management expertise. RIACS is a USRA department for research in fundamental and applied information sciences, leading projects on quantum computing funded by NASA, DARPA, the US Airforce and the National Science Foundation. More information is available at: https://riacs.usra.edu/quantum/  and www.usra.edu Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn: twitter.com/USRAedu   @USRAedu;https://www.facebook.com/USRAedu/https://www.linkedin.com/company/usra/   About Standard Chartered A leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world's most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85 Standard Chartered drives commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good, Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges. For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.   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, USRA, USC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge 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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Sep 08

D-Wave Appoints Daniel Ley as Senior Vice President of Sales and Allison Schwartz as Global Government Relations and Public Affairs Leader

Strategic hires will drive global partnerships and expansion, and power adoption of D-Wave’s next-generation quantum technology  Burnaby, Canada – September 9, 2020 – D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services today announced that Daniel Ley and Allison Schwartz have joined the company as Senior Vice President of Sales and Global Government Relations and Public Affairs Leader, respectively. Ley’s experience in technology sales and executive leadership, and Schwartz’s strong background in technology policy and public affairs, make them the ideal candidates as D-Wave continues to expand its global customer and partner base and government engagement, while demonstrating business value with quantum computing today. Daniel Ley brings over 25 years of experience in the technology and software industries. Prior to joining D-Wave, Ley was Vice President of Global Sales for the Routing Optimization and Assurance product line at the Blue Planet Software Division of Ciena, which acquired his previous company, Packet Design, in 2018. At Packet Design, a leading network analytics and management company, Ley served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Before that, Daniel was Vice President of Solutions Sales at CA Technologies where he oversaw product sales and sales team integration for the Hyperformix product line, and subsequently led product sales in the Virtualization and Automation Business Unit. “D-Wave sits at the intersection of business and innovation. I know how transformative the right technology can be for enterprise success, and I’m eager to bring my expertise to an ecosystem that’s evolving as quickly as quantum computing is right now,” said Ley. “I have devoted my career to strategic technology sales and I am thrilled to now play a crucial role in expanding D-Wave’s customer and partner base, while driving global adoption of quantum computing via the cloud.”  Allison Schwartz brings over 25 years of public policy experience to D-Wave, with a proven track record in technology policy. Most recently, as Vice President of Government Affairs at ANDE, she worked to provide a better understanding of how the technology of Rapid DNA analysis can prevent human trafficking and unite families. Prior to ANDE, Schwartz served as Global Government Relations Leader for Dun & Bradstreet, where she was responsible for the company’s public policy and government relations efforts across the globe, and won a company-wide award for innovation in 2018. “I’ve dedicated my career to working with global stakeholders on strategic worldwide issues – from human rights to data analytics,” said Schwartz. “Quantum computing is a technology that will soon change our world in profound ways. D-Wave is breaking down the access barriers for governments, corporations, academics and NGOs through their cloud initiatives. I’m excited to join a team where expanding public-private partnerships and relationships with policy makers and influencers can move this industry into an unprecedented period of growth while tackling significant problems facing our global community.” These strategic hires follow significant company momentum and milestones for D-Wave, including a strategic collaboration with NEC, the launch of Leap 2, and its expansion into India and Australia. Ley and Schwartz join the company ahead of the upcoming launch of Advantage – D-Wave's next-generation quantum system built for business. 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, USRA, USC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge 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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Jul 20

D-Wave Expands Leap Quantum Cloud Service to India and Australia

For the first time, users in these countries will have real-time access to a commercial quantum computer. BURNABY, BC –– July 20, 2020 –– D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software and services, today announced its latest geographic expansion of the Leap™ quantum cloud service to India and Australia. Developers, researchers and businesses in these countries can now access D-Wave 2000Q™ quantum computers, hybrid 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, demos and an emerging quantum community to help developers, forward-thinking business and researchers get started building and deploying quantum applications.  This expansion builds upon Leap’s existing user base, bringing the total number of supported countries to 37 in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and opens the door for potentially hundreds of thousands of new developers and enterprises to build practical, real-world business applications using the cloud service. India and Australia’s robust technology sectors can now harness the power of Leap to accelerate quantum application development across a diverse set of industries. For the first time, users in these countries will have real-time cloud access to a commercial quantum computer. Earlier this year, D-Wave introduced the new version of Leap, Leap 2. Australian and Indian users will now also be able to take advantage of the following updated features and tools: Hybrid Solver Service: The hybrid solver service is a managed cloud-based service allowing users to easily solve large and complex problems of up to 10,000 variables. The hybrid solver automatically runs problems on a collection of quantum and classical cloud resources, using D-Wave’s advanced algorithms to decide the best way to solve a problem. Integrated Developer Environment (IDE): The IDE is a prebuilt, ready-to-code environment in the cloud configured with the latest Ocean SDK for quantum hybrid development in Python. The Leap IDE includes the new D-Wave problem inspector and Python debugging tools. Developers can share code and contribute to the Ocean tools through the seamless GitHub integration. Problem Inspector: The problem inspector gives developers a visual representation of their problems on the quantum processing unit, allowing them to fine-tune code and improve results. Flexible Access: With Leap, users have access to flexible increments of computing time across quantum and classical systems, catering to all skill and investment levels. Interested developers and businesses can access Leap with both free and paid plans at https://cloud.dwavesys.com. “Quantum computing is poised to fundamentally transform the way businesses solve critical problems, leading to new efficiencies and profound business value in industries like transportation, finance, pharmaceuticals and much more,” said Murray Thom, Vice President of Software and Services, D-Wave. “The future of quantum computing is in the cloud. That’s why we were eager to expand Leap to India and Australia, where vibrant tech scenes will have access to real-time quantum computers and the hybrid solver service for the first time, unlocking new opportunities across industries.” To date, over 200 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 modeling, machine learning and route optimization, among others. This year, D-Wave offered free access to Leap to any individual or organization working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expansion into India and Australia will also give COVID-19 researchers in those countries access to this free service. Already, it has yielded promising applications, including hospital resource allocation and COVID diagnostics using MRI imaging. D-Wave’s forthcoming, next-generation system, Advantage™, will be available to global users via Leap later this year. Designed to enable the development of commercial quantum applications, Advantage will offer 5000+ qubits, 15-way qubit connectivity and power a new platform that will further deliver significant performance gains and greater solution precision. 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, USRA, USC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge 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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Jun 17

NEC and D-Wave Begin Joint Quantum Product Development, Marketing and Sales

Tokyo, Japan, and Burnaby, Canada – June 17, 2020 – NEC Corporation, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, and D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software and services, today announced that they have begun joint activities to combine the compute power of NEC’s systems with the quantum computing power of D-Wave’s systems, software and cloud service to bring those combined capabilities to customers in Japan. NEC has made a US$10 million investment in D-Wave in connection with this initiative. The two companies will work together on the development of hybrid quantum/classical technologies and services that combine the best features of classical computers and quantum computers; the development of new hybrid applications that make use of those services; and joint marketing and sales go-to-market activities to promote quantum computing. The partnership will focus on the following areas: 1. Development of Hybrid Technologies and Services NEC and D-Wave will build on the existing hybrid tools of D-Wave's Leap™ quantum cloud service to develop hybrid services capable of solving large combinatorial optimization problems at high speed, by combining D-Wave’s quantum annealing technology with NEC’s supercomputers.  The newly developed services will be available to customers of both companies through Leap.  2. Development of Hybrid Quantum Applications NEC and D-Wave will create practical business and scientific quantum applications in fields ranging from transportation to materials science to machine learning, using Leap and the new joint hybrid services. The two companies will apply D-Wave's collection of over 200 early customer applications to six markets identified by NEC, such as finance, manufacturing and distribution. The two companies will also explore the possibility of enabling the use of NEC's supercomputers on D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service. 3. Marketing and Sales Activities NEC and D-Wave will conduct joint marketing activities, including conferences, media activities, training, use case collateral and quantum computing challenges later in 2020 to get enterprises started building hybrid quantum applications. The companies will also develop joint go-to-market programs to bring quantum computing further into the enterprise in Japan. NEC will also keynote Qubits, D-Wave’s annual user conference. Qubits is an invite-only customer, partner and user event that brings the community of quantum pioneers together to share, learn and extend the practice of building quantum applications. Hosted in Fall 2020, Qubits will be a virtual event covering multiple time zones, including a focus on Japan Standard Time to ensure global access and benefit. “We are very excited to collaborate with D-Wave. This announcement marks the latest of many examples where NEC has partnered with universities and businesses to jointly develop various applications and technologies. Our work with D-Wave has a special focus on developing hybrid quantum computing services and enhancing related hybrid quantum software applications, accelerating commercial-grade quantum solutions globally. This collaborative agreement aims to leverage the strengths of both companies to fuel quantum application development and business value today,” said Motoo Nishihara, Executive Vice President and CTO, NEC. "Japan has long been a global leader in quantum computing, from the advent of quantum annealing to today's continued commercial research and development. By combining efforts with NEC, we believe we can bring even more quantum benefit to the entire Japanese market that is building business-critical hybrid quantum applications in both the public and private sectors," said Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave. "NEC is a proven pioneer of world-changing technology, and we're united in the belief that hybrid software and systems are the future of commercial quantum computing. Our joint collaboration will further the adoption of quantum computing in the Japanese market and beyond." About NEC Corporation NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com. 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, USRA, USC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge 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     NEC

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