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D-Wave Announces Upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer

Today D-Wave Systems announced major upgrades coming to the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer in the first quarter of 2018. Two of the most powerful new capabilities are reverse annealing and virtual graphs. These features enable significant performance improvements over the current D-Wave 2000Q system by giving users increased control of the quantum processing unit (QPU). “The new capabilities will greatly benefit our customers by giving them new ways to exploit the power of the D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer,” said Jeremy Hilton, SVP Systems, D-Wave. “We continue to deliver rapid advances in quantum hardware, software, and other system components that our growing user base can leverage for application development.”

Quantum Computing Ecosystem moves forward with IBM Q Systems

“Over the next year, IBM Q scientists will continue to work to improve its devices including the quality of qubits, circuit connectivity, and error rates of operations. For example, within six months, the IBM team was able to extend the coherence times for the 20 qubit processor to be twice that of the publically available 5 and 16 qubit systems on the IBM Q experience.”

Agenda Posted for D-Wave Quantum Seminar & Livestream at SC17

D-Wave Systems will hold a Quantum Computing Seminar & Livestream from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Monday, Nov. 13 in Denver. “We will discuss quantum computing, the D-Wave 2000Q system and software, the growing software ecosystem, an overview of some user projects, and how quantum computing can be applied to problems in optimization, machine learning, cyber security, and sampling.”

European Commission to invest €30 billion in Research, Science, and Innovation

Today the European Commission plans to spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding program Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. “The program marks a step change in promoting Open Science by shifting from publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing knowledge sooner in the research process.”

Video: House Hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology

In this video. the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology and Subcommittee on Energy holds a hearing on American Leadership in Quantum Technology. “Quantum technology can completely transform many areas of science and a wide array of technologies, including sensors, lasers, materials science, GPS, and much more. Quantum computers have the potential to solve complex problems that are beyond the scope of today’s most powerful supercomputers. Quantum-enabled data analytics can revolutionize the development of new medicines and materials and assure security for sensitive information.”

Video: What IBM’s 5 Nanometer Transistors Mean for You

In this video, Nicolas Loubet from IBM Research describes how IBM’s new 5 nanometer transistors will provide huge power savings that could enable mobile devices to run for days without a charge. “The resulting increase in performance will help accelerate cognitive computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other data-intensive applications delivered in the cloud.”

Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Superconducting Chip with Advanced Packaging to QuTech

Today, Intel announced the delivery of a 17-qubit superconducting test chip for quantum computing to QuTech, Intel’s quantum research partner in the Netherlands. The new chip was fabricated by Intel and features a unique design to achieve improved yield and performance. “Our quantum research has progressed to the point where our partner QuTech is simulating quantum algorithm workloads, and Intel is fabricating new qubit test chips on a regular basis in our leading-edge manufacturing facilities.”

Sowing Seeds of Quantum Computation at Berkeley Lab

“Berkeley Lab’s tradition of team science, as well as its proximity to UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley, makes it an ideal place to work on quantum computing end-to-end,” says Jonathan Carter, Deputy Director of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences. “We have physicists and chemists at the lab who are studying the fundamental science of quantum mechanics, engineers to design and fabricate quantum processors, as well as computer scientists and mathematicians to ensure that the hardware will be able to effectively compute DOE science.”

Slidecast: How Optalysys Accelerates FFTs with Optical Processing

In this RichReport slidecast, Dr. Nick New from Optalysys describes how the company’s optical processing technology delivers accelerated performance for FFTs and Bioinformatics. “Our prototype is on track to achieve game-changing improvements to process times over current methods whilst providing high levels of accuracy that are associated with the best software processes.”

Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

Optalysys, a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical coprocessors, today announced the company raised 3.95 million U.S. dollars from angel investors. Optalysys will use the funds to manufacture the first commercially available high-performance computing processor based on its patented optical processing technology.