Commercial Quantum Computers for Sale, Only $10M

The first D-Wave One, a commercially available 128-qubit quantum computer, has been sold to Lockheed Martin. The agreement between Lockheed Martin and D-Wave Systems was announced this week.

If you have a spare ten million bucks in your sofa cushions, you too can own the D-Wave One. Rather than relying on transistors and classical mechanics, a quantum computer uses principles of quantum mechanics to operate. So, rather than storing bits that read zero or one, quantum computing utilizes qubits, which record both the state of particle entanglement and memory. In the barest of layman’s terms, quantum computing is better, stronger, faster. And now we have the technology.

Predicted functions of quantum computers include code decryption, solving number theory and optimization problems, and modeling complex biological systems. But can it run Crysis?

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11 Responses to Commercial Quantum Computers for Sale, Only $10M

  1. Only one year into an eight year second tech boom ( at 4 billion smartphones and tablets in 2015 with a further 3 years of upgrading ) and we already have commercial quantum computing. This could be a game changer, at 128 bit would that mean it can access a further 10 million times the addresses than my 64 bit system; that can access 10 million times the addresses of a 32 bit system?

  2. It doesn't seem super advanced for such a price hike. It is definitely the future of computing, but the tech is apparently to costly to mass produce or the company is just insanely greedy. 

  3. Well… there goes RSA and AES encryption…
    But on the bright side, they might finally be able to predict the weather a week in advanced.

    • 10 years and I will have in the office what I have at home right now.
      And this will be at home :P
      (Yes, my company is cheap and only provide the bare minimum required for actually doing our job)

  4. The idea behind quantum computer is that it's version of a single "bit" (Qubit) is both a 1 and a 0 at the same time (in contrast to silicon/transistor's bits which are either a 1 or a 0), and part of the data is stored in the way a Qubit is spinning as well. Combine this with the theory of quantum entanglement (two "entangled" particles mirror what the other is doing perfectly, in real-time – ignoring the speed of light limit which is imposed above the quantum level – allowing for instant data transfers at unparalleled speeds) and quantum spin, and you have a machine that is capable of recognizing, analyzing, processing and deciphering some the most complex patterns imaginable.
    If you were to give a machine like this real-time access to all the meteorological data around the world (even the things we currently do not accurately record – so this is completely hypothetical), and it could predict what the weather will be everywhere, and then using that data, extend out it's prediction to weeks, months, maybe even years – all because it can see patterns, something no silicon/transistor-based computer is capable of doing reliably beyond recognizing some number sequences.
    I would imagine that Lockheed plans to use this computer to simulate air flow through hypersonic engines, such as the scramjet and ramjet. At those speeds, the patterns become too complex for standard air flow and pressure models currently being used. They might finally be able to get the geometry of the engine just right so that the engine can fire for more than a few minutes without blowing itself out. What good does this do you? Imagine a flight from New York to Sydney, in 2 hours – and the only emission from the plan is water vapor since the scram jet/ramjet designs require hydrogen fuel.
    The tech right now is worth the price, because you *can't* mass produce it at the moment. In fact, they only just figured out how to make it all work a few years ago (Google was the first customer, buy a computer supposedly to do image recognition. It could recognize a specific model year of a Toyota corolla, no matter the color or angle viewed – but they did first have to teach it what the corolla looked like). I believe this is only the second commercial Quantum computer, but I could be wrong. All the critical parts for a machine like this need to manufactured very carefully, and at the moment, by humans (not machines like it is now for silicon/transistor computer parts).