Quantum computing is at an interesting point. He’s about to be mature enough to solve real problems. But like in the early days of personal computers, many companies are trying different approaches to solving the fundamental physics issues that underpin the technology, while another group of startups are looking ahead and thinking about how to integrate these. conventional computer machines. – and how to write software for them. At Disrupt 2020, on September 14-18, we’ll have a panel with D-Wave CEO Alan Baratz, Quantum Machines co-founder and CEO Itamar Sivan, and IonQ President and CEO Peter Chapman. The leaders of these three companies all approach quantum computing from different angles, but with the same objective of generalizing this new technology.
D-Wave is perhaps the best-known quantum computing company thanks to an early start and clever marketing in its early days. Alan Baratz took over as CEO earlier this year after a few years as chief product officer and executive vice president of company R&D. Under Baratz, D-Wave continued to develop its technology – and in particular its quantum cloud service D-Wave. Leap 2, the latest iteration of its efforts, launched earlier this year. D-Wave’s technology is also very different from that of many other efforts thanks to its focus on quantum annealing. It sparked a lot of skepticism in its early days, but it’s now proven technology and the company is now advancing its hardware and software platform.
Like Baratz, IonQ Peter Chapman is not a founder either. Instead, he was the director of engineering for Amazon Prime before joining IonQ in 2019. Under his leadership, the company raised a $ 55 million funding round in late 2019, which it extended by $ 7 million last month. It also continues IonQ’s bet on its trapped ion technology, which allows qubits to be created relatively easily and which the company says allows it to focus its efforts on controlling them. This approach also has the advantage that IonQ’s machines are capable of operating at room temperature, while many of its competitors have to cool their machines as close as possible to zero Kelvin, which is an engineering challenge in itself, d ‘especially since these companies aim to miniaturize their quantum processors.
Quantum Machines plays in a slightly different part of the ecosystem from D-Wave and IonQ. The company, which recently raised $ 17.5 million in a Series A round, is building a quantum orchestration platform that combines new custom hardware to control quantum processors – because once quantum machines mature, a standard PC won’t be fast enough to control them – with a corresponding software platform and its own QUA language for programming quantum algorithms. Quantum Machines is Itamar Sivan’s first startup, which he started with his co-founders after earning his doctorate. in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics at the Weizman Institute of Science.
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