Quantum computing is a technology that promises to revolutionize the IT industry. Thus far, though, it has been unable to shake its perception as a sort of permanent “technology of the future.”  But, with the availability of quantum annealing computers from D-Wave, that perception might be changing. One of the first D-Wave systems has been deployed at NASA Ames Research Center, where researchers have been busy putting the machine through its paces.

To get a sense of where quantum computing stands today, we asked Dr. Rupak Biswas, Deputy Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames, to describe some of the early experiences the space agency has had with the D-Wave machine and about the field of quantum computing more generally. We also quizzed Biswas on NASA’s plans for exascale computing and asked him to share his thoughts on US supercomputing leadership.

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