D-Wave’s Orion: The World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer?

A Giant Leap Forward in Computing? Maybe Not. ‘Did D-Wave Systems achieve the incredible — a startling advance in computing that would radically expand human capacities for industrial activity and scientific discovery, long before experts believed it possible? It says it did, and many concurred. According to the company and publications like The Economist, D-Wave, a start-up company in Burnaby, British Columbia, demonstrated “the world’s first commercial quantum computer” in February. Something certainly happened. At a crowded event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, a proud and beaming Geordie Rose, the company’s founder and chief technology officer, showed how the Orion computer could search for a protein in a database and find the closest match, figure out the optimal seating arrangement for wedding guests and solve a Sudoku puzzle.’

D-Wave’s Press Release. ‘World’s First Commercial Quantum Computer Demonstrated. New System Aims at Breakthroughs in Medicine, Business Applications and Expanded Use of Digital Computers.’

Quantum computing – a commercial reality?. ‘A small Canadian company says it has built the world’s first commercial quantum computer. But, as Edwin Cartlidge reveals, not everyone is convinced that the firm’s claims stack up.’

Doubts cast on quantum computing. ‘Quantum computing is such an elusive goal that even the company claiming to have the “world’s first commercial quantum computer” acknowledged it isn’t entirely sure the machine is performing true quantum calculations.
And independent quantum computing researchers said they are dubious of some of the claims made by D-Wave Systems because the privately held Canadian company has not yet submitted its findings for peer review, a standard step for gaining acceptance in scientific circles.’

Scientists Express Skepticism Over Quantum Computer. ‘The science community takes a leery stance at D-Wave’s quantum computer’


  1. I’m always curious what Quantum Internet might look like.

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