Quantum computing firm signs Google deal

The pursuit of artificial intelligence just took a quantum leap as a Burnaby computing firm signed a multi-year deal with Google, NASA and the Universities Space Research Association. The agreement covers the installation of a succession of D-Wave Systems computers at NASA’s Ames Research Center and the USRA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. The lab studies how quantum computing can advance AI, and the deal enables Google to keep their computers for up to seven years with regular generation upgrades. “The new agreement is the largest order in D-Wave’s history, and indicative of the importance of quantum computing in its evolution toward solving problems that are difficult for even the largest supercomputers,” said Vern Brownell, D-Wave’s CEO, in a release. For the last two years, the previous generation 512-qubit computer at…


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