ZDnet has a series of images from yesterday’s launch of D-Wave’s quantum computer. Just reading the captions gives you instant geek cred.
A dilution fridge cools the chip inside D-Wave Systems’ Orion quantum computer to around 4 millikelvin, barely above absolute zero. It runs on about 20 kilowatts.
Have we seen the future? The D-Wave crew sure made it seem that way. The company is the first start-up that we’ve run across to eat up more than two hours with its product launch, which was attended by close to 400 people. That said, the management’s mix of enthusiasm and frank realism made the pitch all the more believable.