D-Wave Introduces New Fast Anneal Feature, Extending Quantum Computing Performance Gains

April 18, 2024

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 18, 2024 — D-Wave Quantum Inc., a leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services and the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers, today launched the fast-anneal feature, available on all of D-Wave’s quantum processing units (QPUs) in the Leap real-time quantum cloud service.

The fast-anneal feature has been a key part of D-Wave’s research milestones, including work published in Nature Physics (2022) and Nature (2023), demonstrating the advantages of annealing quantum computing over classical algorithms for solving complex optimization problems. With this feature now widely accessible, users can perform quantum computations at unprecedented speeds, greatly reducing the impact of external disturbances such as thermal fluctuations and noise that often hinder quantum calculations.

By offering extended control for notably faster annealing times than previously available, the feature paves the way for customers to reproduce and build on D-Wave’s landmark optimization results using full-scale coherent annealing quantum computing available through D-Wave’s Advantage systems and the Advantage2 prototype, the company’s most performant system to date.

“Providing direct access to Fast Anneal, which has been at the heart of D-Wave’s recent advancements, represents a significant step forward in our mission to provide customers with the resources they need to drive innovation and achieve extraordinary results,” said Dr. Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave. “We believe it will further empower them to build industry-shaping applications with the most powerful quantum computing environment available today.”

Growing customer demand for D-Wave’s latest annealing quantum computing technology is clear from the usage of the two next-generation Advantage2 experimental prototypes, which together have solved nearly eight million customer problems since they were made available in 2022 and 2024.

The fast-anneal feature is anticipated to draw attention from commercial and academic researchers eager to build world-class applications, expand benchmarking studies, and connect increased coherence to better performance.

“The ability to use the fast-anneal feature to directly interact with D-Wave’s Advantage2 prototype is particularly exciting for our work building quantum-enhanced generative AI models trained on molecular data to accelerate drug discovery and design new materials,” said Christopher Savoie, co-founder and CEO of Zapata AI. “The fast-anneal feature can produce coherent distributions that have the potential to allow more efficient encoding of complex data patterns in a way that is classically impractical. In addition to molecular discovery applications, this feature could also be valuable in other industrial applications involving complex data patterns, particularly in combinatorial optimization problems found across industries.”

“By providing direct access to quantum computing’s central nervous system, D-Wave is single-handedly opening new horizons for our research on quantum computing and AI,” said Ed Heinbockel, president and CEO of SavantX. “We believe the new capability will help us realize significant benefits of coherence on application development that we’d otherwise be unable to achieve.”

“Fast Anneal will assist researchers in observing the distinctive physical processes inherent in the quantum world. Heightened coherence and reduced environmental interference will open avenues in quantum sciences,” said Alejandro Lopez-Bezanilla with Los Alamos National Laboratory. “By equipping scientists with technology capable of exploring the interactions of quantum objects with control and minimal disturbances, we anticipate a new era of experimentation free from the limitations that have hindered traditional experimental approaches. With increased quantum coherence, we can finally achieve precise observations of quantum phenomena, previously only accessible in theory but now within reach of experimental validation.”

About Zapata AI

Zapata AI (Nasdaq: ZPTA) is an Industrial Generative AI company, revolutionizing how enterprises solve complex operational challenges with its powerful suite of generative AI software. By combining numerical and text-based generative AI models and custom software applications to power industrial-scale solutions, Zapata AI enables enterprises and government entities to drive growth, cost savings, and critical operational insights. With its proprietary data science and engineering techniques, and the Orquestra platform, Zapata AI is accelerating Generative AI’s impact across industries by delivering higher performing, less costly, and more accurate solutions than current systems. The Company was founded in 2017, spun out of Harvard University, and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

About SavantX

SavantX is one of the first organizations in the world to leverage the enormous power of quantum computing to solve large-scale data challenges that unlock transformational growth in productivity and innovation. With a focus on solving real-world problems, SavantX offers a suite of powerful products through SEEKER and HONE that help organizations unlock their full potential. SEEKER revolutionizes the way organizations access and understand their data. With seamless integration of Generative AI, SEEKER enables frictionless access to vast knowledge repositories, providing actionable insights and uncovering hidden relationships and patterns. Powered by Quantum Computing technology from industry leader D-Wave, HONE (Hyper Optimized Nodal Efficiency) leverages the immense power of our quantum algorithms to tackle large-scale optimization problems in the supply chain space.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world’s most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. We’re engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security to ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. Our workforce specializes in a wide range of progressive science, technology and engineering across many exciting fields, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine and nanotechnology.

About D-Wave Quantum Inc.

D-Wave is a leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software, and services, and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers—and the only company building both annealing quantum computers and gate-model quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing today to benefit business and society. We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, scheduling, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modeling. D-Wave’s technology has been used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations including Mastercard, Deloitte, Davidson Technologies, ArcelorMittal, Siemens Healthineers, Unisys, NEC Corporation, Pattison Food Group Ltd., DENSO, Lockheed Martin, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University of Southern California, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.


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