Defense contractor Lockeed Martin Corp. is betting big on the promise of quantum computing.
The company recently shelled out big money to Canadian firm D-Wave for the world’s first commercial quantum computer.
D-Wave says quantum computers can be used to solve hard problems that ordinarily take too long even for supercomputers. Some examples: Financial risk analysis, object recognition in images, computer vision, and bioinformatics — the types of analytical thinking that people are good at, but computers find difficult.
The shiny new D-Wave One sold to Lockheed Martin comes with a team of researchers who will work closely with the company in the years ahead to get the most from the system. The companies were mum on the purchase price.
The D-Wave One is built around the Rainier processor. It comes in a room-sized cabinet with a 100-square-foot footprint, which houses the extensive shielding required for quantum computing to work, as well as supercooling hardware.
D-Wave is no stranger to the technology industry.
It recently worked with Google to produce software that can recognize automobiles within images. D-Wave’s computers actually created algorithms that are being used on mobile phones for that purpose.