The lower-noise 2000Q processor is available only to Cloud customers and is an illustration of technologies that will be used in D-Wave's next-generation platform. This represents the first of many innovations that will be delivered via ongoing quantum processor and software updates through the Cloud as the company moves towards its next-generation platform, previewed in February 2019. The new platform will encompass a new topology, lower noise, increased qubit count, and expansion of hybrid software and tools that will come to market between now and mid-2020.
By putting the lower-noise 2000Q processor into Leap, users will now benefit from access to both processors, offering two versions of the same quantum computer architecture with different levels of noise within a common quantum cloud environment. For the first time, users can probe and quantify the impact of reduced noise on performance, expanding the early benefits of lower noise to thousands of developers, researchers, and forward-thinking businesses around the globe.
Users can access and use both versions of the 2000Q processor at the D-Wave website.
The company also published new research demonstrating a 25x speed-up over the D-Wave 2000Q system with the spin glass application featured in Science in the summer of 2018. Researchers were able to demonstrate the sensitivity of quantum processor performance to materials-related noise on a common set of identical spin glass problems, confirming that reduced noise leads to improved performance.
"Our approach is very practical: keep putting the latest innovations in the hands of our users so that they can learn and experiment as they work to build quantum applications", stated Alan Baratz, executive vice-president and chief product officer, D-Wave. "The lower-noise technology demonstrates where we're headed and why our customers are excited - from new speed-up results on specific applications to the opportunity for users to try it out themselves, lower noise is an important ongoing area of focus for D-Wave as we build our next-generation platform."
To date, D-Wave customers have developed more than 150 early applications in areas as diverse as airline scheduling, election modelling, quantum chemistry simulation, automotive design, preventative health care, logistics, and more. Many have also developed software tools that simplify application development. These existing applications, tools, and community give developers a wealth of examples to learn from and build upon. The release of the lower-noise 2000Q processor and the next-generation platform promises to continue expanding the variety, performance, precision, and breadth of quantum applications.
The Pegasus topology can be accessed via Ocean .
D-Wave Hybrid developer preview can be accessed via GitHub .
Leap is D-Wave's quantum Cloud service and Quantum Application Environment (QAE), providing real-time access to a live quantum computer. In addition to access, Leap provides open-source development tools, interactive demos and coding examples, educational resources, and knowledge base articles to build and run applications in the cloud. Designed for developers, researchers, and forward-thinking enterprises, Leap enables collaboration through its online community, helping the community write and run quantum applications and speed the development of real-world applications.
Leap offers both free - one minute a month when developers open-source their code - and paid plans designed for individual developers, commercial enterprises, government, research, and education sectors.