(USC) The USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), hosted at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, renewed its long-term relationship with D-Wave and Lockheed Martin, leading to important upgrades at the facility. QCC will upgrade to D-Wave’s forthcoming Advantage™ system with more than 5000 qubits. The upgrades will enable QCC to host a new Advantage generation of quantum annealers from D-Wave, and will be the first Leap™ quantum cloud system in the United States.
The upgrades will enable researchers to continue studying how and whether quantum effects can speed up the solution of complex optimization, machine learning and sampling problems. QCC researchers expect that the next-generation D-Wave platform will enable new breakthrough results in quantum optimization. The arrangement also gives the researchers access to all of the programming tools and hybrid quantum-classical resources offered through Leap.
In addition to an increased qubit count that will enable programmers to build more powerful commercial quantum applications, the Advantage system will feature the most connected commercially-available QPUs ever produced by D-Wave. The new QPU will be a part of the Leap quantum cloud service that provides an expanded suite of hybrid software, services and tools, allowing developers to maximize the computing power of each QPU.
Along with being the first to host a Leap system in the United States, QCC since 2011 is one of three facilities that host D-Wave systems currently operating outside of D-Wave’s headquarters.

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