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LANL to Acquire Next-Gen D-Wave Quantum Computer with Lower Noise

By IQT News posted 25 Sep 2019

(InsideHPC) D-Wave Systems has announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has signed a contract to upgrade to the company’s next-generation “Advantage” quantum system. Available in 2020, the Advantage platform will deliver significant performance gains and greater solution precision.
LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science to address national security priorities. To-date, LANL and its collaborators have built over 60 early quantum applications and conducted essential research in a diverse range of domains. The Advantage quantum system will help fuel this work by providing access to a processor with the new, highly connected Pegasus topology, lower noise, and increased qubit count, which will benefit from the expanded hybrid software and tools available in Leap’s Ocean SDK.
LANL has released this 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,” said Irene Qualters, associate laboratory director for simulation and computation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Quantum computing is a critical area of research for Los Alamos, and our researchers are excited about getting access to D-Wave’s Advantage quantum system.”

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