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Buy Your Own Quantum Computer for $10 Million

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

No, it cannot play Crysis.

A Canadian company in Burnaby, BC is now selling a quantum computer that you can buy for your lab, or even your home if you have the resources and needs of Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark.

D-Wave Systems is offering the D-Wave One as the first commercial quantum computing system available on market. Dr. Geordie Rose, CTO of D-Wave, explained a bit about the D-Wave One's function in a blog post.

"The processor in the D-Wave One – codenamed Rainier – is designed to perform a single mathematical operation called discrete optimization. It is a special purpose processor," Rose wrote. "Rainier solves optimization problems using quantum annealing (QA), which is a class of problem solving approaches that use quantum effects to help get better solutions, faster."

The D-Wave One 129-qubit processor is only meant to tackle optimization problems. The other part of programs still runs on conventional systems.

Rose gave the simplified example of "supervised machine learning" for binary classification, such as yes or no. For example, an algorithm could train a binary classifier to return a response to an input of a first name of whether it is more likely to be a male or female name.

Obviously quantum computing has far greater reaches than just name classification, but artificial intelligence is one of the fields where the technology is going.

D-Wave's website for the machine is devoid of much info, but those who know they need it will know what it's all about. The only sticking point might be price, which Engadget was told is around $10 million. Yowza.

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    dragonfang18 , May 20, 2011 11:30 AM
    Let me just pull out my quantum wallet...
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    rantoc , May 20, 2011 11:15 AM
    Ask this one if humans are needed, if the answer is no you have Skynet and are in the real world if the answer is yes - take the blue pill!
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    dragonfang18 , May 20, 2011 11:30 AM
    Let me just pull out my quantum wallet...
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    cmartin011 , May 20, 2011 11:33 AM
    AWESOME! small problem is the interesting only form of computation it does
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    demonhorde665 , May 20, 2011 12:06 PM
    Mister TwoYeah, but can it play Crysis?


    no no no , who cares about crysis now , crysis 2 is how can it paly that ???? :p 


    jokes a side this joke is liek an 80 year old crack whore, used, abused, Thrown away a few decades ago


    stop with the crysis jokes
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    nebun , May 20, 2011 12:12 PM
    so what can this computer do that my computer can't??? just use some CUDA computing...much faster at the same time :) 
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    carlhenry , May 20, 2011 12:16 PM
    Quote:
    Yeah, but can it play Crysis?

    no. and you can't read either.
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2011 12:33 PM
    Give this about 5-6 years and it'll be sitting on the shelves at Fry's or Microcenter for about $200.00...
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    lewbaseball07 , May 20, 2011 12:35 PM
    I think I just shot a quantum load...
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    vrikkgwj , May 20, 2011 12:41 PM
    demonhorde665no no no , who cares about crysis now , crysis 2 is how can it paly that ???? jokes a side this joke is liek an 80 year old crack whore, used, abused, Thrown away a few decades ago stop with the crysis jokes


    While we are at it, learn spelling. Or "Spell Check".
  • 4 Hide
    jgiron , May 20, 2011 12:54 PM
    that's nothing compared to my flux capacitor
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    JohnnyLucky , May 20, 2011 1:30 PM
    There are an awful lot of zeroes after the 1.
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    NuclearShadow , May 20, 2011 1:35 PM
    Ten million dollars? Sure let me just get out my checkbook.
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    randomizer , May 20, 2011 1:35 PM
    I have 3 on order.
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    marraco , May 20, 2011 1:41 PM
    Where is the tomshardware review?
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    igot1forya , May 20, 2011 1:47 PM
    What the hell is "$10 Milion"? Is that anything like $10 Million?
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    alchemy69 , May 20, 2011 1:56 PM
    That's not a true quantum computer. That's sticking the word 'quantum' on regular silicon to charge a premium price.
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    Anonymous , May 20, 2011 2:04 PM
    That's like free to Goldman Sachs considering they would round 10 million down to zero.
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    hoofhearted , May 20, 2011 2:10 PM
    Give me one that does Shor's algorithm so I can start my own wikileaks and it will pay for itself :) 
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    drwho1 , May 20, 2011 2:38 PM
    their logo is nice, but I wouldn't give them 10 millions for their logo on a black box.

    Now if they are willing to send me one of this "quantum" systems for "inspection"....
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    lamorpa , May 20, 2011 2:54 PM
    How big is a Milion (Mylion?) Is it a personal (my) numbering system? Interesting.
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