D-Wave Launches Starter Course for Aspiring Quantum Programmers, Bridging the Skills Gap

February 27, 2024

PALO ALTO, Calif. and BURNABY, British Columbia, Feb. 27, 2024 — D-Wave Quantum Inc. today announced it is addressing the escalating demand for skilled quantum programmers with the launch of a new, six-module quantum training course called “Foundations for Quantum Programming.”

This self-paced, online course equips learners with essential mathematics and Python skills, laying a solid foundation for success with D-Wave’s flagship course, “Quantum Programming Core.”

“Foundations for Quantum Programming” encompasses video presentations, quizzes, and hands-on programming activities, requiring about 10 hours of learners’ time. Upon completion, learners will have gained crucial skills such as: identifying optimization problem objectives and variables, representing problem objectives as mathematical expressions, converting constraints to penalty functions, and writing basic Python programs for quantum programming.

The new course stems from the success and feedback of over 500 students who completed “Quantum Programming Core,” a mid-level course designed for individuals with intermediate Python programming skills who want to accelerate their quantum application development. Students can take a self-assessment to determine which course is most appropriate for them to start their quantum training journey—although “Foundations for Quantum Programming” is recommended as a prerequisite for “Quantum Programming Core.”

According to a 2022 survey conducted by Hyperion Research, early adopters of quantum computing identified the “lack of in-house quantum computing expertise and domain knowledge” as a major hurdle in adopting quantum computing in their businesses. Increased access to abundant academic and enterprise learning opportunities can help close the skills gap and enable a quantum-ready workforce.

“Quantum computing isn’t just for specialists. We’re equipping employees across roles to take advantage of this technology now,” said Victoria Goliber, global head of technical advising at D-Wave. “From students to experienced professionals, our expanding learning programs are key to building a quantum-ready workforce to accelerate the adoption of quantum technologies.”

Visit https://learn.dwavesys.com catalog for more details or to enroll in the course.

D-Wave also offers an extensive library of free resources at https://www.dwavesys.com/learn/resource-library with case studies, technical whitepapers, videos, and much more to help boost learning opportunities for students. Students can also put learning into practice by signing up for a Leap™ quantum cloud service account so they can develop quantum applications and run them on D-Wave’s quantum and hybrid solvers.

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 modelling. 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.


Source: D-Wave

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