(TechSpot) LANL was originally created during the Second World War as part of the Manhattan Project to develop the first nuclear weapon. Currently, they conduct research in many scientific fields including renewable energy, medicine, and national security. These areas require vast amounts of computing resources to solve their types of problems.
D-Wave Systems recently that they will be providing Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with a state-of-the-art 5,000-qubit quantum computer. This will be the third generation of quantum commuters that D-Wave has provided LANL. The previous iteration was a 2,000-qubit system for which LANL had developed over 60 applications.
Irene Qualters, LANL associate director for simulation and computing, believes the new 5,000Q system will enable “new research into developing quantum algorithms and new tools.” She views quantum computing as a critical area of research for Los Alamos.