D-Wave Systems Inc. says it will demonstrate it on February 13.
But get this:
This is the core of a new quantum computer to be unveiled by D-Wave Systems, says Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a leading venture-capital firm. “It is attached to a Leiden Cryogenics dilution fridge, ready to begin a cool down to 0.005 degrees above absolute zero.
I had no idea any quantum computers were yet capable of running applications. But I particularly loved this last line:
This quantum computer employs the resources of 65,536 parallel universes to compute answers in a fundamentally new way.”
As I often say, we live in a science fiction world!
UPDATE: Here’s a slightly more complete article. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one scratching my head over this announcement. Seems if this works (still a big “if” at this point) it’s some 20 years ahead of schedule…