D-Wave Systems sells its first Quantum Computing System to Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

May 25th, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC, MAY 25, 2011 – Lockheed Martin Corporation(NYSE: LMT) has entered into an agreement to purchase a quantum computing system from D-Wave Systems Inc.

Lockheed Martin and D-Wave will collaborate to realize the benefits of a computing platform based upon a quantum annealing processor, as applied to some of Lockheed Martin’s most challenging computation problems. The multi-year contract includes a system, maintenance and associated professional services.

D-Wave develops computing systems that leverage the physics of quantum mechanics in order to address problems that are hard for traditional methods to solve in a cost-effective amount of time. Examples of such problems include software verification and validation, financial risk analysis, affinity mapping and sentiment analysis, object recognition in images, medical imaging classification, compressed sensing and bioinformatics. D-Wave develops an architecture that is optimized for working with such problems.

“D-Wave is thrilled to establish a strategic relationship with Lockheed Martin Corporation,” said Vern Brownell, D-Wave’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our combined strength will provide capacity for innovation needed to tackle important unresolved computational problems of today and tomorrow. Our relationship will allow us to significantly advance the potential of quantum computing.”

D-Wave was featured May 11, 2011 in the prestigious British scientific journal Nature, where its research on quantum annealing was published.

Lockheed Martin is a global security company with headquarters in Bethesda, Md.

D-Wave’s mission is to build quantum computing systems that help solve humanity’s most challenging problems. It strives to use the deepest insights of physics and computer science to design new types of computers capable of taking on the world’s hardest and most important challenges.

Working with Fortune 500 companies, governments and academia, D-Wave helps to craft solutions to problems where data volume and complexity are overwhelming. Applying D-Wave’s unique quantum computing technology, the company aims to dramatically improve results through better understanding and insights.

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Vancouver, Canada-based D-Wave Systems reports on quantum processor in Nature Magazine

May 12th, 2011

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA – Scientists at D-Wave Systems Inc. of Vancouver have reported the results of experiments designed to test the role quantum mechanics plays in how a new type of processor solves problems, in an article published in the May 12 edition of the prestigious British scientific journal, Nature.

Fabricated using standard integrated circuit processes, the processors tested contained 128 superconducting flux qubits and 24,000 devices known as Josephson junctions, making them among the most complex superconducting circuits ever built. Designed to solve optimization and sampling problems, the processors have been successfully used in a variety of tasks including financial risk analysis, bioinformatics, affinity mapping and sentiment analysis, object recognition in images, medical imaging classification and compressed sensing.

“We’ve known for some time that these processors are extremely effective at solving the problems they were designed to solve, but this is the first time we’ve been able to open up the black box and show how they are harnessing quantum mechanics in solving those problems,” said Dr. Geordie Rose, D-Wave’s Chief Technology Officer.

The scientists focused on a block of circuitry, known as a unit cell, within a processor. The unit cell, one of 16 on the chip studied, comprised eight superconducting flux qubits and 1,500 Josephson junctions. The researchers took a series of ‘snapshots’ of the behaviour of the unit cell as it underwent a computation, and showed that by using the high degree of control built into the integrated circuit, quantum effects could be precisely controlled as desired by a programmer in order to accelerate computation.

Dr. Mark Johnson, the lead scientist on the project, said: “We’re very excited to see the remarkable agreement between what quantum mechanics predicts, and what we see in these circuits.”

About D-Wave:

D-Wave’s mission is to build quantum computing systems that help solve humanity’s most challenging problems. We strive to use the deepest insights of physics and computer science to design new types of computers capable of taking on the world’s hardest and most important challenges.

Working with Fortune 500 companies, governments and academia, D-Wave helps to craft solutions to problems where data volume and complexity are overwhelming. Applying D-Wave’s unique quantum computing technology, we aim to dramatically improve our customers’ results through better understanding and insights.

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