D-Wave Unveils ‘Advantage’: The First Quantum Computer For Business


D-Wave has launched Advantage, a quantum computing platform, for users of its cloud service, Leap. With Advantage, users will now be able to run 5K-qubit computations and optimize their business.

In quantum computing, information is stored in the form of qubit or quantum bit. Qubits are more powerful than the bits used in classical computers. This is because, while bits can either store zero or one at a time, qubits can hold both the values simultaneously.

Advantage Offers Enhanced Power And Connectivity

D-Wave promises at least 5K-qubit computing power or more on the various Advantage systems, accessible via Leap. This is an upgrade from their previous quantum computer, 2000Q, which only operates on up to 2K-qubits of quantum information.

Advantage comes with D-Wave’s latest Pegasus topology which can string together up to 15 qubits. This is more than double the connectivity offered by the older Chimera topology. CEO Alan Baratz claims that the new topology will enable businesses to natively solve problems in 600-800-variable range.

According to Baratz, the new platform is “the first quantum computer designed and developed from the ground up to support business applications.”

D-Wave’s Solution To More Complex Problems

Besides Advantage, the Canadian firm introduced the Discrete Quadratic Model (DQM) solver service which will be available via Leap from October 8. DQM uses multiple variable sets instead of only binary variables and thus enhances Advantage’s areas of application.

DQM will also enable Advantage to process problems having 1 million variables. The previous solver service could only deal with 10K variable-problems.

Baratz further stated that the new solver technology will help businesses solve “production-scale commercial applications”. He compared the Advantage with the 2000Q and highlighted how 2000Q’s successor can solve the same optimization problems but at a bigger scale and higher complexity.

D-Wave also debuted ‘Launch’ today — a program where the company’s experts assist businesses with their quantum computing needs.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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