D-Wave Systems, has announced the sale of a developed state of the art computer system using quantum mechanics to cyber security firm, Temporal Defense Systems. The cyber security firm is the first buyer of the D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer. D-Wave has customers such as Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), NASA and Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT). D-Wave boasts that the computer will allow Temporal Defense Systems a real-time security level rating, device to device authentication and the ability to detect and prevent threats.
Dr Michael Green, of Blackwood Seven explained the difference between a computer and a quantum computer. A normal computer uses binary data where each piece of data is either a one or a zero. Multiple pieces are used to store memory. “A quantum computer works totally differently, because you replace the bit with something called a qubit,” Green stated on a phone interview with CNBC last year.
“The good thing about it is it can be in both states at the same time, so that means that if add, for example, five bits… that means that computer can be in 32 states at the same time. If you have five bits in a normal computer, it can still be in one state at a time.”
Meaning a quantum computer could execute 32 calculations at the same time a normal computer executes one. When more bits are added, more calculations can be executed at once. The D-Wave Quantum Computer claims to have 2,000 qubits. Solving problems 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than algorithms running on a server. “We are the only company selling quantum computers, and our growing ecosystem of users and developers gives us the benefit of their practical experience as we develop products to solve real-world problems,” D-Wave chief executive Vern Brownell said in a press release.
“While other organizations have prototypes with just a few qubits in their labs, D-Wave is delivering the systems, software, training, and services needed to build an industry.”
Chief technology officer of Temporal Defense Systems, James Burrell iterates that applying quantum computing to cyber security will be revolutionary. “Combining the unique computational capabilities of a quantum computer with the most advanced cyber security technologies will deliver the highest level of security, focused on both prevention and attribution of cyber-attacks, he stated in a press release.