Seeing the D-Wave facilities first-hand is a very cool experience. They look a lot like computers did back in the 60s
D-Wave is making fantastic progress in fabricating ever-larger processors. In fact, they will be releasing our new 1,152-qubit “Washington” processor in March later of this year. So they are all very excited about that. However, size (i.e., qubit-count) is not the only aspect of the processor that has been improved. We have also lowered the noise and stretched the energy scale of the qubits (making them inherently more quantum mechanical), and we have strengthened our ability to create chains of qubits (making it easier to program the processor by locking qubits together to change the effective topology of the chip). Our initial performance tests have gone really well, and we are seeing some very exciting performance from the new processor. We are now perfecting new benchmark problems and new performance metrics that more clearly showcase the innate capabilities of the Washington system. These studies, and more, will be rolling out later in the year.
The Washington chip has 2048 physical qubits but they will release with 1152 active qubits.
D-Wave’s main experimental facility is shown in a new video.
They show the cooling system, the electromagnetic shielding and how the electronics system programs the quantum processor.
Washington quantum computer chip
Animation showing the process when a user submits a problem to the D-Wave quantum computer.
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