IBM last week said it is investing $3 billion over the next five years to build new types of systems, including quantum and cognitive computers, and Microsoft is researching quantum computing based on a new particle.
D-Wave's quantum computer is based on research that emerged in 2000 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company remains engaged with the academic community, and so far 70 peer-reviewed science papers have been published on the company's technology.
"The people who understand what we're doing -- Google, Lockheed -- recognize it's true science," Brownell said. "We wanted to put something useful in the hands of people as quickly as possible."
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