D-Wave, the well-funded quantum computing company, today announced its next generation quantum computing platform with 5,000 qubits, up from 2,000 in its current system. The new platform will be launched in mid-2020.
The company's new Pegasus topology connects each qubit to 15 other qubits, compared to six in the current topology. This allows developers to use the machine to solve larger problems with fewer physical qubits or larger problems.
It should be noted that the Q-bit of D-Wave differ from those of the company's competitors such as Rigetti, IBM and Google, with shorter coherence times and a system that focuses primarily on the solution of optimization problems concentrated. To achieve this, D-Wave produces many qubits, but in a relatively high noise environment. This means that you can not compare the Q value of D-Wave with that of its competitors (where D-Wave claims the superiority of its machine to certain problems) that build universal quantum computers.
The company also says that it has reduced the noise in its new system and made it its quietest system yet. This is of course expected in an updated system, but with less noise, longer coherence times result, allowing even more complex applications to be performed.
It is worth noting that there was much controversy during D-Wave's first efforts, and it took a while to prove that the company's hardware was actually exploiting quantum effects, so this is out of the question.
In 2020, D-Wave will make the new platform available through its Leap cloud computing platform. It will update the existing systems. However, before that, developers can write applications with the company's simulation and other developer tools.
"The next-generation platform will allow us to invest in areas such as connectivity and hybrid software, as well as tools that can help customers solve even more complex issues on a larger scale, bringing new emerging quantum applications to life," said Alan Baratz, chief product Officer of D-Wave, in today's announcement. "Every decision we make, and every decision we make, reflects a constant commitment to helping developers learn quantum systems and help customers develop their first commercial quantum killer applications."