|By Marketwired .||
|July 11, 2014 03:32 PM EDT||
BURNABY, BC -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/14 -- D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first commercial quantum computing company, today announced that it has closed $30 million in funding from both new and existing investors including Goldman Sachs (GS), BDC Capital (BDC), Harris & Harris Group (HHGP) and DFJ. The funding will be used to advance and scale D-Wave's quantum computing technology, accelerate software development and build a software application ecosystem. With this $30 million investment, D-Wave has now raised a total of $160 million.
"This funding is a strong endorsement of D-Wave's ability to deliver the first viable quantum computer to organizations in need of a new caliber of computing," said Vern Brownell, CEO at D-Wave. "For quantum computing to achieve its enormous potential in such diverse areas as genetically personalized medicine, mission planning, systems optimization and machine learning, we need to build a software ecosystem through partnerships with world experts. This new capital will allow us to fund the software development and personnel needed to deliver the first quantum applications."
"As the only company delivering a commercial quantum computing solution, D-Wave occupies a unique place in the market and has a head start few other organizations could match," said David Campbell, Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. "D-Wave is redefining the science of computing and ushering in new technology with the potential to solve some of the most complex computing challenges in the world."
"The opportunity to invest in a company that has built a technology that will exponentially accelerate computing power is rare," said Geoff Catherwood, Partner with BDC Capital's Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund. "By taking risks early on in a field understood by very few, D-Wave has demonstrated to investors and the world that quantum computers are not just possible, but a reality that will impact many industries in the near future."
FUNDING TO DRIVE QUANTUM COMPUTING DEVELOPMENT
D-Wave has a proven ability to bring an unprecedented product to market and aims to harness this funding to expand and evolve its software applications in multiple spheres.
- Critical industry applications: Some of the most difficult challenges people and organizations face today have the potential to benefit from D-Wave's quantum computing approach. From genomic analysis in drug research to solving complex optimization problems found throughout industry to using machine learning to gain critical insight from enormous data sets, the potential of the D-Wave system is immense. This funding will enable the expansion of important research into these areas and key partnerships with world experts.
- Expanding the software team: D-Wave currently has 25 people on staff focused on software development, and plans to double the size of this team by the end of the year. D-Wave scientists have a proven track record in breakthrough research, and will continue to focus on how quantum computing can be best applied to real-world problems.
- Domestic and international sales growth: Over the past year, D-Wave has expanded its global footprint by launching its US operation and establishing new sales offices in the US, Europe and Asia. This funding will allow for continued expansion and growth in these important markets.
KEY PARTNERS AND RESEARCH
Since 2011, when Lockheed Martin bought the first D-Wave system, D-Wave has brought quantum technology to some of the most visionary organizations in the world. In 2013, collaboration among NASA, Google and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) led to the installation of the D-Wave Two quantum computer at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center. Research at the facility has centered on complex problems including machine learning and the search for exoplanets.
Earlier this year, D-Wave announced partnerships with companies DNA-SEQ and 1QBit, which are using D-Wave's quantum technology to develop targeted drug therapies and optimized financial modeling, respectively. Already, D-Wave's system is supporting the development of critical, real-world applications. As D-Wave expands the availability of quantum computing technology through the cloud, the potential of the technology is increasingly accessible to innovators in all fields.
Research into the science of the D-Wave system continues apace, both internally and by third-party researchers. Scientists from D-Wave and USC recently published evidence in Physical Review Letters X of quantum entanglement in the D-Wave processor, a key confirmation of its quantum nature. Scientists within D-Wave also continue to rapidly produce research with over 100 US patents and more than 70 peer-reviewed papers.
About D-Wave Systems
Founded in 1999, D-Wave Systems is the first commercial quantum computing company. Its mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics, engineering, manufacturing, and computer science into breakthrough approaches to computation to help solve some of the world's most complex challenges. The company's flagship product, the 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer, is built around a novel type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation.
D-Wave's customers include some of the world's most prominent organizations including Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, the D-Wave U.S. offices are located in Palo Alto, California and Vienna, Virginia. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including Bezos Expeditions, BDC Capital, DFJ, Goldman Sachs, Growthworks, Harris & Harris Group, In-Q-Tel, International Investment and Underwriting, and Kensington Partners Limited. For more information, visit: www.dwavesys.com.
Beth Sanzone and Peter Sadler
Docker offers a new, lightweight approach to application portability. Applications are shipped using a common container format and managed with a high-level API. Their processes run within isolated namespaces that abstract the operating environment independently of the distribution, versions, network setup, and other details of this environment. This "containerization" has often been nicknamed "the new virtualization." But containers are more than lightweight virtual machines. Beyond their small...
Jan. 31, 2015 08:15 AM EST Reads: 3,210
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focu...
Jan. 31, 2015 06:30 AM EST Reads: 1,994
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
Jan. 31, 2015 05:45 AM EST Reads: 3,214
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionalit...
Jan. 31, 2015 05:30 AM EST Reads: 2,896
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile ...
Jan. 31, 2015 05:00 AM EST Reads: 2,913
In her General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing, at Verizon Enterprise, focused on finding the right mix of renting vs. buying Oracle capacity to scale to meet business demands, and offer validated Oracle database TCO models for Oracle development and testing environments. Anne Plese is a marketing and technology enthusiast/realist with over 19+ years in high tech. At Verizon Enterprise, she focuses on driving growth for the Verizon Cloud platfo...
Jan. 31, 2015 04:30 AM EST Reads: 3,490
At 15th Cloud Expo, Shrikant Pattathil, Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems, demos a video delivery platform that helps you do interactive videos. He discusses how Harbinger is accomplishing it in the cloud world, the problems they faced and the choices they made to get around these problems.
Jan. 31, 2015 03:45 AM EST Reads: 1,672
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by your analysts and designers, and the resulting application built by your developers, there is a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral out of control, and applications fall short of requirements. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, will present a new approach where business and development users collaborate – each using tools appropriate to their goals and expertise – to build mo...
Jan. 31, 2015 03:15 AM EST Reads: 1,959
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immed...
Jan. 31, 2015 03:00 AM EST Reads: 3,501
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Jan. 31, 2015 02:00 AM EST Reads: 8,100
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using ...
Jan. 31, 2015 02:00 AM EST Reads: 3,117
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial C...
Jan. 31, 2015 01:00 AM EST Reads: 2,964
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP ...
Jan. 31, 2015 01:00 AM EST Reads: 2,855
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happe...
Jan. 31, 2015 12:30 AM EST Reads: 3,099
"For the past 4 years we have been working mainly to export. For the last 3 or 4 years the main market was Russia. In the past year we have been working to expand our footprint in Europe and the United States," explained Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Jan. 30, 2015 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,672