Google, Nasa Announce Installation of New D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer

Google and Nasa have announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art quantum computer, D-Wave 2X, at their Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab (QuAIL) that will solve some “impossible” calculations for them. A joint project between Google, Nasa, and the Universities Space Research Association, QuAIL is the hub for an experiment to assess the potential of quantum computers to perform calculations that are difficult or impossible using conventional supercomputers. Beginning with the D-Wave 2X quantum computer, Nasa’s QuAIL team is evaluating various quantum computing approaches to help address challenges faced by the US space agency. Initial work focuses on theoretical and empirical analysis of quantum annealing approaches to difficult optimisation problems. Quantum annealing is a quantum-mechanical paradigm to solve combinatorial optimisation problems. “Working with the D-Wave processors has helped us develop and…


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