D-Wave – Powering Artificial Intelligence With Quantum Computers

Dr. Colin P. Williams, Director of Strategy & Business Development at D-Wave Systems, Inc. explains how D-Wave’s adiabatic quantum computers are perfectly suited for carrying out machine learning and how quantum computers can rapidly accelerate progress in the field.

D-Wave Systems, Inc. is a Canadian quantum computing company that is the first and only company in the world to sell commerical quantum computers.

On May 11, 2011, D-Wave Systems announced D-Wave One, described as “the world’s first commercially available quantum computer”, operating on a 128-qubit chipset using quantum annealing (a general method for finding the global minimum of a function by a process using quantum fluctuations) to solve optimization problems. In May 2013, a collaboration between NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association launched a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab based on the D-Wave Two 512-qubit quantum computer that would be used for research into machine learning, among other fields of study.

On August 20, 2015, D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X system, a 1000+ qubit quantum computer. This was followed by an announcement[15] on September 28, 2015 that it had been installed at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA Ames Research Center.

Earlier the year D-Wave released the D-Wave 2000Q and Qbsolv. Qbsolv is open-source software that solves QUBO problems on both company’s quantum processors and on classic hardware.

Dr. Collins talk was published on July 24th, 2017

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