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Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab buys D-Wave's next-gen quantum computer

D-Wave's next-gen quantum computer announced, nuclear weapons lab is the first customer

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 24, 2019 09:11 pm CDT - 1 min, 47 secs reading time

D-Wave announced its next-gen quantum computer dubbed 'Advantage' which during the announcement, had its first customer lined up for the next wave in quantum computing.

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D-Wave's new quantum computer already has its first customer with nuclear weapons research site Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) securing the next-gen quantum computer. This isn't LANL's first business with D-Wave either, it'll actually be their third upgrade to their in-house D-Wave quantum computer.

Los Alamos National Laboratory associate director for simulation and computation, Irene Qualters, said in a statement: "This is the third time we will have upgraded our D-Wave system. Each upgrade has enabled new research into developing quantum algorithms and new tools in support of Los Alamos' national security mission. Quantum computing is a critical area of research for Los Alamos".

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D-Wave also sold one of its new Advantage quantum computers to CogniFrame, a financial services company.

The new Advantage design uses D-Wave's Pegasus topology, which sees a new topology design that has improved connectivity, influencing how problems are solved. The higher connectivity allows for increasingly complex problems to be solved using the same amount of qubits. Less qubits being needed to solve problems is a big win for Advantage customers.

D-Wave's new topology in Advantage adds a third type of connection that allows this higher connectivity, with previous-gen quantum computer designs from the company in Pegasus and Chimera seeing designs that sorted qubits vertically and horizontally.

Internal couplers are used to connect qubits with opposite orientations, while external couplers connect the qubits that are in the same row or column. Pegasus adds odd couplers connecting parallel qubit pairs in adjacent rows or columns.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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