Quantum cloud service designed for practicality, ease-of-use

February 27, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Quantum cloud service designed for practicality, ease-of-use
Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems has announced the availability of a quantum cloud service that it says gives developers and enterprises a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive environment for developing and deploying hybrid quantum applications.

The service, called Leap 2 , is offered as the first quantum cloud service designed for developers and organizations to easily build and deploy real-world hybrid quantum applications with practical impact. In addition to live, real-time access to the D-Wave quantum system, says the company, the offering expands its Quantum Application Environment (QAE) to provide new tools and resources needed to drive development of critical business applications and put them into production.

“With Leap, we opened the door to real-time quantum access," says Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave. "With Leap 2, we're giving developers and businesses the key to business applications. By delivering a hybrid offering, we're removing many of the barriers related to complexity and problem size."

Leap 2 includes the following:

  • Hybrid solver service: The hybrid solver service is a managed cloud-based service allowing users to easily solve large and complex problems of up to 10,000 variables. The hybrid solver automatically runs problems on a collection of quantum and classical cloud resources, using D-Wave’s advanced algorithms to decide the best way to solve a problem.
  • Integrated Developer Environment (IDE): The IDE is a prebuilt, ready-to-code environment in the cloud for quantum hybrid Python development. The Leap IDE has the latest Ocean SDK set up and configured, and includes the new D-Wave problem inspector and Python debugging tools. Seamless GitHub integration means that developers can easily access the latest examples and contribute to the Ocean tools from within the IDE.
  • Problem inspector: The problem inspector allows more advanced quantum developers to visually see how their problems map onto the quantum processing unit (QPU). By showing the logical and embedded structure of a problem, the inspector displays the solutions returned from the QPU and provides alerts that allow developers to improve their results.
  • Flexible access: New to Leap 2 are hybrid offerings with price plans for all skill and investment levels, allowing access to even more flexible increments of computing

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