D-Wave has sold the D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer for its first customer the Cyber Security Firm Temporal Defense System. Now the Temporal Defense Systems are the first customers for the D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer while the previous D-Wave customers include Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA. The price of it’s the Temporal Defense System paid has not been revealed, but the computer is valued $15 million.
Earl Joseph, the Vice President for high-performance computing at analyst group IDC, described the new machine as “a major technical achievement and an important advance for the emerging field of quantum computing”.
According to the company, the using of the quantum computer will enable the cyber security firm to perform real-time security level rating, device-to-device authentication and identify, detect and prevent threats. This is the first 2,000 quantum bit (qubit) quantum computer while its predecessor has the 1,000 qubit 2X, which was released in August 2015.
The jump from 1,000 qubits to 2,000 will allow researchers to grapple with greater quantities of data and more complex problems. According to D-Wave, the quantum 2000Q is capable of outperforming “classical servers” by factors of between 1,000 and 10,000.
“A quantum computer works totally differently, because you replace the bit with something called a qubit”
The good thing about it is it can be in both states at the same time, so that means that if add, for example, five bits… that means that computer can be in 32 states at the same time. That’s means a quantum computer could perform 32 calculations at the same time. That may not sound impressive, but the more bits that are added, the more calculations that can be done at once.
The company also claimed that the machine “outperformed GPU-based implementations by 100 times in equivalent problem-solving performance per watt”. It also added that the power draw of D-Wave’s hardware has remained constant over successive generations, while “dramatically” increasing computation power.
In-keeping with D-Wave’s habit of doubling performance every two years after, the company could release a 4,000 qubit quantum computer in 2019 after 2,000 qubit computer.