Quantum Landscape

D-Wave moves into gate-based Quantum Computing in a move to build first annealer and gate-based machine

October 5, 2021

In a move that will likely excite quantum computing developers, one of the pioneers of Quantum annealing has upped the ante with an announcement that it will integrate gate based quantum computing into its offering. Traditionally the company has been exclusively based around a technique named Quantum annealing, but this announcement will enable developers to have more flexibility over the problems that can be solved.

D-Wave announced their next-generation roadmap named “Clarity”, which includes the gate-model of Quantum Computing. Annealing has been perhaps one of the most readily used methods in Quantum Computing, which can be typically applied to optimisation problems. The milestone at Qubits 2021 comes along with updates to the existing portfolio of products named Advantage, and Leap. On the 5th of October 2021, D-Wave released a preview of its new roadmap (code-named Clarity). Clarity includes a myriad of enhancements and performance initiatives across the annealing Advantage system, Leap quantum cloud service, hybrid solvers, and perhaps most notable to those who know D-wave for its annealing service, an expansion into error-corrected, gate-model systems.

Clarity will make D-Wave the first in the industry to offer both annealing and gate-model quantum computers via an integrated, full-stack quantum cloud platform. The new roadmap includes enhancements and lower-noise versions of Advantage (the forthcoming Advantage 2 annealing system), more powerful and expanded hybrid solvers,
cross-platform, open-source developer tools, and of course the error-corrected gate model system.

Forward-thinking organizations don’t want to navigate the either/or of “VHS vs beta” in quantum computing. They want results, performance, and ROI.

D-Wave Clarity road map

  • The next-generation Advantage 2™ quantum system with a new qubit design that enables 20-way connectivity in a new topology.
  • The Advantage 2 QPU will contain 7000+ qubits and make use of the latest improvements in quantum coherence in a multi-layer fabrication stack, further harnessing the quantum mechanical power of the system for finding better solutions, faster.
  • A new initiative to develop the industry’s first scalable and practical error-corrected gate-model computing system.
  • More powerful hybrid solvers that expand use cases and bring the best of quantum and classical resources together.
  • Cross-platform open-source developer tools, enabling customers to invest in one tools platform and use across multiple quantum systems.

Gate-Model Use Cases

Many will want to understand how to exploit the new architecture of annealing and gate-based structures. It is posited that gate-model systems will assist with drug discovery, while annealing systems will ensure patient
trial optimization. In manufacturing, new metamaterials will be designed with gate-model systems, while manufacturing automation improvements will deliver those new products to market more efficiently using quantum annealing.

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