September 28, 2016

"D-Wave, a Canadian company developing the first commercial 'quantum computer,' announced its next-generation quantum annealing computer with 2,000 qubits, which is twice as many as its previous generation had."

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'This is because qubits can hold a value of 0, 1, or a superposition of the two, making quantum systems able to deal with much more complex information.

'If D-Wave's 2,000-qubit computer is now 1,000 faster than the previous 1,000-qubit generation (D-Wave 2X), that would mean that, for the things Google tested last year, it should now be 100 billion times faster than a single-core CPU.

'D-Wave’s CEO, Vern Brownell, also said that D-Wave’s quantum computers could also be used for machine learning task in ways that wouldn’t be possible on classical computers. The company is also training the first generation of programmers to develop applications for D-Wave quantum systems.'

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