Wednesday, January 25, 2017

D-Wave is now shipping its new $15 million, 10-foot tall quantum computer

Quantum computing is a very complicated subject branch of computer science that could one day radically change the way our computers function. At the forefront of that field is a Canadian company called D-Wave, which created the world’s biggest quantum computing chip last year, with over 2000 qubits (quantum bits) to perform calculations. Now, that chip is finally shipping in a 10-foot-tall, $15 million dollar quantum computer called the D-Wave 2000Q, which is a successor to the company’s earlier 1000Q, which only had half the number of qubits.

Most of the massive structure is taken up by cryogenic refrigerators

The actual chip itself roughly the size of a thumbnail, with most of the massive 700 ft3 structure taken up by cryogenic...

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