Loser: D-Wave Does Not Quantum Compute

D-Wave Systems' quantum computers look to be bigger, costlier, and slower than conventional ones

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Illustration: McKibillo
Illustration: McKibillo

This is part of IEEE Spectrum's special report: Winners & Losers VII

D-Wave Systems, a Canadian start-up, recently booted up a custom-built, multimillion-dollar, liquid-helium-cooled beast of a computer that it says runs on quantum mechanics.

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