D-Wave, the Canadian quantum computing company, announced today that it will give anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free access to its Leap 2 quantum computing cloud service. The offer not only applies to those who focus on new drugs, but is also open to any research or team working on an aspect of solving the current crisis, be it logistics, modeling the spread of the virus or working on novel diagnoses .
A special feature of the D-Wave program is that the company has also managed to gain a number of partners who are already working with it on other projects. These include Volkswagen, DENSO, Jülich Supercomputing Center, MDR, Menten AI, Sigma-i Tohoku University, Ludwig Maximilians University and OTI Lumionics. These partners will provide technical expertise to teams using Leap 2 to develop solutions to the Covid 19 crisis.
As Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave, told me, this project took shape about a week and a half ago. In our conversation, he emphasized that teams working with Leap 2 are given a commercial license, so no open source solution is required for their solutions and no one-minute limit per month, which is usually the standard limit for using D. -Waves cloud service.
"When we launched the second jump with our hybrid solver service on February 26, we introduced a quantum computer function that can now solve rather big problems – problems on a large scale – problems on a scale of solving real production problems" Baratz said to me. “So we said, look, if nothing else, this could be another tool that could be useful for those working on finding solutions to the pandemic. And that's why we should make it available. "
He admitted that there is no guarantee that the teams who have access to their systems will find workable solutions. "However, we know that if we didn't provide this tool, we wouldn't be comfortable," he said.
Leap is currently available in the United States, Canada. Japan and 32 countries in Europe. The partners of D-Wave are also active here and the researchers can use their systems free of charge.