For those of you following the D-Wave story, the designers of “the world’s first commercial quantum computer” have published a revealing blog entry detailing the company’s latest achievements. When Canadian startup D-Wave announced back in 2007 that it had developed a prototype quantum computing machine suitable for running commercial applications, the technical community paid attention, Read more…
Whether or not the D-Wave quantum computer is in actuality a quantum computer is a debate that HPCwire has been following since the project hatched in 2007. Early critics of the system claimed that it wasn’t a “real” quantum computer. Since that time, D-Wave has been winning over supporters, including Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Read more…
The supercomputing biz seems to have shaken off most of the after-effects of the global recession, with scads of new deployments large and small around the world. China, in particular, continued its big push into HPC, notching its first home-grown super. And Japan ushered in the era of 10-petaflop supercomputing this year with its world-beating K Computer. But, as always, not all the HPC news was rosy. Here are the top hits and misses for the year.
Another vote of confidence for D-Wave’s quantum computer chip.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the NC State effort to overcome the memory limitations of multicore chips; the sale of the first-ever commercial quantum computing system; Cray’s first GPU-accelerated machine; speedier machine learning algorithms; and the connection between shrinking budgets and increased reliance on modeling and simulation.
On Wednesday, D-Wave Systems made history by announcing the sale of the world’s first commercial quantum computer. The buyer was Lockheed Martin Corporation, who will use the machine to help solve some of their “most challenging computation problems.” D-Wave co-founder and CTO Geordie Rose talks about the new system and the underlying technology.
Web giant hooks up with D-Wave to develop quantum computing application.