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B.C. company advances next-generation computing to reduce energy use

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Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

B.C. company advances next-generation computing to reduce energy use

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Kent Karemaker
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Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628
Media Relations
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
778 698-2892

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D-Wave’s quantum computing technology

D-Wave Systems, founded in Burnaby in 1999, is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software and the world's only commercial supplier of quantum computers.

Quantum computers have the potential to be much faster at solving complicated problems than even the most advanced supercomputers. Whereas conventional computers store information using bits represented by zeroes or ones, quantum computers use quantum bits, or “qubits,” to encode information as zeroes, ones or both at the same time, which allows for drastically faster computational time.

While classical supercomputers consume enormous amounts of energy and generate significant amounts of heat, D-Wave has developed a unique and proprietary processor that produces no heat while computing. 

Altogether, the company’s quantum computers run on less than 16 kilowatts of power, most of which supports the refrigeration required for quantum operation and front-end conventional servers. In contrast, conventional supercomputers typically can draw megawatts (one megawatt equals 1,000 kilowatts) of power. This could mean millions of dollars in electricity cost savings per year.

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