Google has bought and gifted mother of all super computers D-Wave Two quantum computer for NASA. The machine reportedly cost the search giant as much as $15 million
D-Wave Two is worldâ€™s fastest super computer. No other computer can even come close to it. And this is the reason that it comes with a really huge premium over any other super computer launched anywhere by any country or any institution across the world. This is the only super computer that comes with a 512-qubit quantum and no other machine even comes close to it.
The machine is so fast and so much efficient that NASA wanted it very urgently and Google bought and gifted the machine to US space agency as procuring it through the official channel would have meant spending very long time and putting other issues of significance on the backburner. Now reports coming from NASA and search giant Google suggest that the machines will certainly be kept at NASAâ€™s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The machine will be put to maximum use inside the facility as it is expected to be available for government, industrial, and university research later this year.
To be true, D-Wave Two is a 512-qubit quantum computer that the researchers would be using to develop myriad applications from machine learning, web search and speech recognition to searching for exoplanets. D-Wave Two, being coined as the fastest computer of the world which would even fail the super computers is being developed using D-Wave Systems. The machine will be installed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and is expected to be available for government, industrial, and university research later this year. Before choosing the D-Wave Two, NASA, Google, and USRA ran the computer past a series of benchmark and acceptance tests. It passed, in some cases by a giant margin.
When it comes to its efficiency, the Quantum computers exploit the bizarre quantum-mechanical properties of atoms and other building blocks of the cosmos. At its very smallest scale, the universe becomes a fuzzy, surreal place with objects that can seemingly exist in more than one place or spin in opposite directions at the same time. The main difference lies in the fact that while the traditional computers symbolize data in bits, 1s and 0s expressed by flicking tiny switch-like transistors on or off, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, that can essentially be both on and off, enabling them to carry out two or more calculations simultaneously. In nutshell, the quantum computers could prove extraordinarily much faster than normal computers for certain problems because they can run through every possible combination at once. Thereby a quantum computer with 300 qubits could run more calculations in an instant than there are atoms in the universe.
D-Wave system Inc the manufacturer of D-Wave Two is a pioneer in its field. Colin Williams, Director of business development and strategic partnerships at D-Wave, said: â€œComputers play a much bigger role within NASA missions than most people realize. Examples today include using supercomputers to model space weather, simulate planetary atmospheres, explore magnetohydrodynamics, mimic galactic collisions, simulate hypersonic vehicles and analyze large amounts of mission data.â€ It may be recalled, that D-Wave, which bills itself as the first commercial quantum computer company, has backers that include Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and the CIAâ€™s investment arm In-Q-Tel. It sold its first quantum computing system, the 128-qubit D-Wave One, to the military contractor Lockheed Martin in 2011.