The expansion was announced as D-Wave kicked off its semi-annual users' conference, Qubits, on March 26-27 in Milan, Italy. The two-day conference brought together dozens of customers from around the world, including Volkswagen, BAE Systems, Recruit Communications, DENSO, GE Research, Groovenauts, and Data Reply; health care and science firms including WuXi NextCODE Genomics, OTI Lumionics, and Peptone; and academic and government organisations including DLR, USRA, Cineca, Tohoku University, and LMU Munich.
Customers have built over 150 early applications on D-Wave computers to date. Qubits attendees presented over two dozen of these new projects and early applications in transportation, online commerce, healthcare, automotive, and other industries.
Selected talks at the conference included:
"We believe quantum computing is set to change our world in profound ways, providing solutions to some of the toughest problems in seconds", stated Masayoshi Terabe, Quantum Computing Project Leader at DENSO. "Our work with D-Wave has allowed our team and our research partners to develop early applications ranging from a traffic IoT platform, to factory automation and beyond. Expanding access to more developers and researchers around the world will only serve our efforts as we continue exploring this new frontier of innovation with colleagues here in Japan and overseas."
"The future of practical quantum computing relies on giving more developers and researchers the access and tools they need to build quantum applications. Expanding Leap globally and bringing customers from around the world together to share their work is critically important to realizing that vision", stated Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave. "I've never been more confident that true practical quantum applications are within reach in the near future. The range and robustness of early applications from our customers continues to grow, and customers are starting to see early value in using quantum computing to address real-world business problems."
Leap is D-Wave's Cloud-access and Quantum Application Environment (QAE) providing real-time access to a live quantum computer. In addition to access, Leap provides open-source development tools, interactive demos and coding examples, educational resources, and knowledge base articles to build and run applications in the cloud.Designed for developers, researchers, and forward-thinking enterprises, Leap enables collaboration through its online community, helping the community write and run quantum applications and speed the development of real-world applications.
Leap offers both free - one minute a month when developers open-source their code - and paid plans designed for individual developers, commercial enterprises, government, research, and education sectors.