A Canadian company has reportedly joined IBM and Rigetti to provide privacy hardware with online access. It is believed that one day, quantum computing may contribute significantly to reduce traffic jams, discovering new drugs, and enhancing the capabilities of artificial intelligence. The quantum computers that are in action today are quite expensive and only possess modes configuration. The quantum computers are not just expensive but difficult to maintain as well. For instance, a quantum computer costs around $15 million and its users have to pay extra money to hire someone to maintain the ultracold operating conditions of the system.
D-Wave Systems Inc, Canadian start-up has recently launched ‘Leap‘, a real-time quantum computing service, as well as the latest version of the quantum cloud. Leap is a service that can be used to virtualize quantum computing for anyone with a computer and a good broadband connection.
Anyone can sign up to Leap and avail its one-minute time offer on a cloud that is connected 2000Q every month. It may not sound much but looking at the ability to solving problems such as optimizing routes in milliseconds is a lot. Standard computers take weeks or days to solve such problems. Quantum computers work by encoding information in qubits by enabling huge computing simultaneously while depending on the pure effects of quantum.
D-Wave’s Director of software and cloud services, ‘Murray Thom’ said that the development is in line with the company’s efforts to allow developers across the globe to put quantum computing in practice through easy accessibility and develop applications accordingly.
Leap besides providing access to 2000Q will also provide developers training through documentation and video for better adaptability to quantum. Explaining the purpose behind availing the training Thom said that there a few people who are actually informative to carry out quantum computing. The company is also in news for making available Ocean, an open-source software development kit. The Ocean can be used to develop an application as well as solve any problem using the 2000Q. Ocean also has a list of swap hints to codes created by developers. Tom said that the Ocean has been introduced with the hope of making the software developed by open-source available to everyone in the community. He further said that the launch of Ocean is directed towards bringing the developers together.
Commenting on the free one-minute offer to quantum computing will allow developers to complete as many as 400 to 4000 tasks every month. Developers with the requirement of utilizing more than free one minute will be provided with an offer to buy one-hour access for $2,000 on commercial accounts. NASA charges $100,000 to avail its 2000Q, which is comparatively high.
The Leap by D-Wave will allow users to have a full control over the job being carried out on quantum computing. The users will be able to access the job progress through the dashboard of Leap. The Leap website is supported by Amazon’s cloud platform. Leap is expected to democratize quantum computing, believes Florian Neukart, a principal scientist at Volkswagen and former employee at D-Wave.