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October 28, 2011
MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Oct. 28 -- USC, Lockheed Martin, Inc. and D-Wave Systems, Inc. will officially unveil the first commercial and operational quantum computer academic center at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute on Friday, October 28, at 10:00 A.M.
Speaking about the new center will be Dr. Ray Johnson, CTO, Lockheed Martin; Dr. Daniel Lidar, Director, USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center, Dr. Geordie Rose, Founder and CTO, D-Wave; and Vern Brownell, President and CEO, D-Wave
Continuing its rich history with pioneering advances in high-performance computing and the Internet, USC is now exploring the promising future of quantum computing. Invoking superconducting technology, USC has constructed a high-fidelity computing center to house D-Wave's revolutionary quantum computing chip, recently purchased by Lockheed Martin and provided to USC for its applicability to information technology. USC and Lockheed Martin will work synergistically to explore the potential of the chip, which is at the cutting edge of technological advances.
The D-Wave chip has 128 quantum bits (or "qubits") which have the capability of encoding the two digits of one and zero at the same time -- as opposed to traditional bits, which distinctly encode either a one or a zero. This property, called "superposition," will allow quantum computing systems to perform complicated calculations exponentially faster than traditional computers.
With the construction of the multi-million dollar quantum computing center, USC now has the infrastructure in place to support future generations of quantum computer chips, positioning the school and its partners at the forefront of quantum computing research.
"The USC Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center will open new windows into the fascinating world of quantum computing," said USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. "It will help advance our understanding of the potential of this new technology and provide a new paradigm in the quest for faster and more secure computing."
About the Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 2,100 undergraduate students and 4,200 graduate students, taught by 168 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 50 endowed chairs and professorships. For more information, visit http://viterbi.usc.edu.
Source: USC Viterbi School of Engineering
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