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Popular Quantum Computing Canadian startup D-Wave Systems Inc. launched a free, and real-time online Quantum Application Environment (QAE), called Leap, yesterday. What makes Leap so unique is the fact that it virtualizes quantum computing for almost anyone who has a computer and a broadband connection.

Leap is the first cloud-based QAE that offers real-time access to a live quantum computer. It comes with open-source development tools, interactive demos, coding examples, educational resources, and knowledge base articles. Leap is designed for developers, researchers, and businesses.

Its online community enables collaboration, thereby, helping Leap users write and run quantum applications. This accelerates the development of real-world applications.

Major features of Leap

Leap QAE provides free access to a D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer which lets you submit and run applications, helping receive solutions in seconds. It comes with an open-source Ocean software development kit (SDK). This comprises built-in templates for algorithms, along with an ability to develop new code using a familiar programming language, Python.

Leap also provides Hands-on coding option. This consists of interactive examples in the form of Jupyter notebooks with live code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text to jumpstart the process of quantum application development. Apart from that, it offers learning resources, which includes comprehensive live demos and educational resources. This helps developers in writing applications for a quantum computer, quickly. It also offers Community support which includes community and technical forums enabling easy developer collaboration.

Leap is an outcome of D-Wave’s continuous efforts to drive the real-world quantum application development forward. D‑Wave customers have built 100 early applications so far for problems such as airline schedules, election modeling, quantum chemistry simulation, automotive design, logistics, and more. A lot of them have built software tools that make it easy to develop new applications.

These existing applications and tools, along with an access to a growing community, provide developers with a wealth of examples to learn from and build upon.

“Our job is to sift through the sands of data to find the gold—information that will help our manufacturing customers increase equipment efficiency and reduce defects. With D‑Wave Leap, we are showing we can solve computationally difficult problems today, while also learning and preparing for new approaches to AI and machine learning that quantum computing will allow,” said Abhi Rampal, CEO of Solid State AI.

Apart from D-Wave, Rigetti Computing, a California-based developer of quantum integrated circuits also launched Quantum Cloud Services last month, to bring together the best of classical and quantum computing on a single cloud platform.

For more information, check out the official D-Wave blog post.

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