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D-Wave Launches Free Quantum Cloud Service

D-Wave 2000Q chip

The D-Wave 2000Q chip is designed to run quantum computing problems.

Credit: D-Wave

Canadian startup D-Wave Systems Inc. launched a real-time online quantum computing environment called Leap. Leap is an addition to the quantum cloud services of IBM and Rigetti, services that virtualize quantum computing for almost anyone with a computer and a broadband connection to use.

Leap allows anyone to sign up, giving them one minute of time on a cloud-connected D-Wave 2000Q quantum annealer each month. That might not sound like much, but a key advantage of quantum computing is to be able to solve in milliseconds problems like factoring large numbers, optimizing routes, or calculating molecular structures that could take traditional computers days or weeks. Quantum computers encode information in qubits, enabling massively parallel computation relying on purely quantum effects.

"We want to enable hundreds of thousands or millions of developers to gain access to quantum computing technology, to understand it, and to develop applications," says Murray Thom, D-Wave's director of software and cloud services.

From IEEE Spectrum
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