D-Wave's quantum system runs a quantum annealing algorithm to find the lowest points in a virtual energy landscape representing a computational problem to be solved. The lowest points in the landscape correspond to optimal or near-optimal solutions to the problem. The increase in qubit count enables larger and more difficult problems to be solved. The new control features enable the system to find the lowest points more efficiently, and include:
"As the only company to have developed and commercialized a scalable quantum computer, we're continuing our record of rapid increases in the power of our systems, now up to 2000 qubits. Our growing user base provides real world experience that helps us design features and capabilities that provide quantifiable benefits", stated Jeremy Hilton, senior vice president, Systems at D-Wave. "A good example of this is giving users the ability to tune the quantum algorithm to improve application performance."
"Our focus is on delivering quantum technology for customers in the real world", stated Vern Brownell, D-Wave's CEO. "As we scale our processors, we're adding features and capabilities that give users new ways to solve problems. These new features can enable machine learning applications that we believe are not available on classical systems. We are also developing software tools and training the first generation of quantum programmers, which will push forward the development of practical commercial applications for quantum systems."
D-Wave's first users conference was held on September 28-29 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conference featured speakers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, Lockheed Martin, the Roswell Park Cancer Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USC and D-Wave, as well as a number of quantum software and services companies.