Free quantum computing cloud access for COVID-19 response

March 31, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Free quantum cloud access for COVID-19 response
Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has announced the immediate availability of free access to its quantum systems for anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Unfettered, free access to the company's quantum computers is available via the company's Leap quantum cloud service to anyone working on COVID-19 response in the 35 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia where access is available to the service. In addition, says the company, joining the effort are partners and customers who will provide access to engineering teams with expertise on how to use the quantum computer and formulate problems, as well as help in developing solutions.

By providing free access to Leap’s quantum processing resources and quantum expertise, the company says it and its partners hope to contribute to finding solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. Through this new initiative, anyone developing responses to the pandemic can immediately get unlimited, commercial contract-level access to the recently launched Leap 2 , which includes the hybrid solver service designed to bring both classical and quantum resources to quickly and precisely solve highly complex problems with up to 10,000 fully connected variables.

“We’re living through an unprecedented crisis affecting nearly every industry and population." says Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave. "Deftly responding to this pandemic requires creativity and new approaches to solving problems. We believe that by combining our customers’ and partners’ expertise with hybrid quantum computing, we can together bring a potentially powerful resource to the individuals, organizations, and governments around the world building solutions nimbly and collaboratively.”

“D-Wave and its partners and customers have significant quantum computing expertise," says Baratz. "Together, we hope we can aid the solutions to problems using hybrid quantum-classical solutions. We want to expand the computational capabilities available to experts across disciplines, verticals, and geographies and bring the community’s deep quantum knowledge to bear on the complex and dynamic COVID-19 situation.”

Hybrid quantum classical computing, says the company, could be well-suited for solving a range of complex problems of this nature. Potential areas of focus for COVID-19 include a diverse range of hybrid quantum applications, such


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