Lockheed Martin is an American global company with interest in aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology fields. Recently, the US giant paid a lot of money to a Burnaby computer manufacturer company in order to get the fastest computer in the World: D-Wave One quantum computer. After two years and huge amounts of money spent on this project, Lockheed Martin is prepared to make a new acquisition. They bought an upgraded version of D-Wave One called D-Wave Two. What’s so special about it? Well, it’s 500,000 faster than its predecessor, which is faster then most supercomputers today.
According to Wikipedia, quantum computers are devices that uses quantum phenomena as superposition and entanglement in order to perform various data operations. Compared to traditional computers that uses binary digits , the quantum computers uses quantum properties to represent data. The research in this field is still new, but companies like D-Wave are founded by various agencies in order to finish their current research projects.
The quantum computers created by D-Wave are one of a kind, breaking the barriers of any supercomputer speed seen today. If common computers could take months or years to finish a complex process of calculation, quantum computers can finish the job in matter of seconds, minutes or hours. The same computers are used in experimental projects, AI projects and spaceship systems. My guess is that in few years, the first real Artificial Intelligence system will operate on a quantum computer.
According to various sources, in order to acquire D-Wave Two, Lockheed Martin had to pay around 10 million dollars. It’s a fair price, because D-Wave faced a lot of skepticism in the past, and no other company had the guts to implement quantum technology before. They showed the world that it’s possible, creating the foundation for future quantum computers.