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D-Wave and Fixstars collaborate on quantum computing


Burnaby BC-based quantum computing systems and software creator D-Wave Systems Inc., will collaborate with Fixstars Corp. of Japan to advance the growth of quantum computing. 

Fixstars is a leader in providing CPU/GPU/FPGA acceleration technologies, using its software parallelization and optimization expertise. Fixstars is now launching a professional service to help organizations realize the benefits and advantages of D-Wave quantum computers.

“Recent successful developments in practical applications of D-Wave’s quantum annealing system have created strong interest in quantum computing,” says Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimori of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, who first proposed the idea of quantum annealing.

“The quantum annealing system was developed based on what was a totally new principle, and it has the potential to accelerate solutions to combinatorial optimization problems and sampling in a wide range of problems such as traffic optimization, portfolio optimization, and machine learning for artificial intelligence. Fixstars has been one of the key players in the application of accelerators, and I hope that their expertise and services will help extract the best possible value out of quantum annealing devices.”

“Many of the companies and research institutions who are investigating the use of quantum annealing systems consult with me,” says Shu Tanaka, associate professor of Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University and PRESTO researcher at JST. Prof. Tanaka studies quantum annealing and quantum information theory, and often initiates joint efforts between businesses and universities. “In addition to quantum annealing hardware and system expertise, software, algorithms, and professional services optimized for different industries are essential for further advances. I expect Fixstars, the expert in software development for various processors and industries, to expand the opportunities for quantum computing with D-Wave.”

“I am pleased that Fixstars and D-Wave have announced a collaboration for quantum computing. Fixstars has a history of accelerating technologies through its software expertise in architecture-optimization and parallelization. We will advance our mission, “Speed up your Business” one step further with quantum annealing systems, which can provide faster solutions to important problems in different fields.” says Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars.

“Continuing to make progress in the application of quantum computing to real world customer problems requires strong collaborations with experts and industry leaders around the globe,” says Robert ‘Bo’ Ewald, president of D-Wave International. “With the support of experts like Prof. Nishimori and Asst. Prof Tanaka, we can join forces with leading companies like Fixstars to deliver faster and better solutions to organizations around the world.”


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