Oh boy, the QC software space cadets keep coming and coming 🙂
I’ve added to my list of super cool quantum computing software companies a new startup/debutante called QC Ware.
Some additional discussion of QC Ware follows. This is probably only of interest to QC fanatics like me.
Their website and their angellist page are mere stubs at this point, but I’m sure that will change soon.
They are headquartered in Mountain View, California (home town of the Googleplex and of NASA’s Moffett airfield).
They participated in a startup accelerator program called Alchemist, for which, on May 21, 2015, they delivered the following sales pitch (video at Vimeo.com)
Here is a snapshot that I took from the video. It reveals their immediate plans, which are to run a “graph analytics” app on the D-Wave 1000 qubit chip by the end of 2015.
Their term “graph analytics” sounds to me as synonymous to Classical Bayesian networks. (My company artiste-qb.net will use both classical and quantum Bayesian networks)
Their software is tailor made for D-Wave’s machine. No software for gate model QCs from them. (My company will write software for both, annealer QCs and gate model QCs, although all our patents, except one or so, are for the gate model.)
They flaunt the fact that they have a very close, incestuous relationship with NASA’s Quail lab, which owns a D-Wave machine.
They will be competing for the same contracts as other outfits that have also dedicated themselves to writing software exclusively for D-Wave’s QC, namely D-Wave itself, Lockheed Martin and 1Qbit. D-Wave owns the machines, the gateway, so they will keep the best contracts for themselves. Lockheed Martin spends millions of dollars lobbying Congress, so they will get the second cut. 1Qbit and QC Ware will compete for the crumbs, if there are any left.
If Matthias Troyer or someone else proves that the results of the 1000 qubit D-Wave can be obtained just as fast with conventional classical computers, that would spell disaster for QC Ware.