Vesuvius: A closer look – 512 qubit processor gallery

The next generation of D-Wave’s technology is called Vesuvius, and it’s going to be a very interesting processor. The testing and development of this new generation of quantum processor is going well. In the meantime, here are some beautiful images of Vesuvius!

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Above: An entire wafer of Vesuvius processors after the full fabrication process has completed.

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quantum computer quantum computing D-Wave Systems Vesuvius

Above: Photographing the wafer from a different angle allows more of the structure to be seen. Exercise for the reader: Estimate the number of qubits in this image :)

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quantum computer quantum computing D-Wave Systems Vesuvius

Above: A slightly closer view of part of the wafer. The small scale of the structures (<1um) produces a diffraction grating effect (like you see on the underside of a CD) resulting in a beautiful spectrum of colours reflecting from the wafer surface.

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Above: A different angle of shot produces different colours and allows different areas of the circuitry to become visible.

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Above: A close-up image of a single Vesuvius processor on the wafer. The white square seen to the right of the image contains the main ‘fabric’ of 512 connected qubits.

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quantum computer quantum computing D-Wave Systems Vesuvius

Above: An image of a processor wire-bonded to the chip carrier, ready to be installed into the computer system. The wires carry the signals to the quantum components and associated circuitry on the chip.

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quantum computer quantum computing D-Wave Systems Vesuvius

Above: A larger view of the bonded Vesuvius processor. More of the chip packaging is now also visible in the image.

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quantum computer quantum computing D-Wave Systems Vesuvius

Above: The full chip packaging is visible, complete with wafer.

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29 thoughts on “Vesuvius: A closer look – 512 qubit processor gallery

  1. Congratulations

    in 2007, there was talk of a roadmap to over 1000 qubits by the end of 2008. Now that you are pushing on to scaling in 2012 to 512 qubits. Does that mean a more regular scaling to 1000 and 2000 qubits in 2013 ? Assuming the 512 qubits does not have unexpected issues. The current architecture is suitable for scaling. Can more than 8 qubits sets get entangled ?

  2. Wow! I wonder when we can have things like Quantum Laptops and Quantum Graphics Cards.

    Do you think you guys could team up with companies like IBM or Intel? Or even Nvidia? (Any combination of the 3 is also appreciated).

    Also, how expensive are these Quantum Computers? And what about energy consumption and cooling (ie; how much power does a single chip use and how much does it take to cool it).

  3. Is there a point beyond 4096 qubits to go to ?
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    What other “CHIPS”, might this technology brings forth ?
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    “Ring Counters”, Large add, APU.
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    Fast random number generator in hardware ?
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    Just brainstorming, just wondering what the future looks like ?
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    Harold P Boushell CTO
    HPB VECTOR CO WSO INC

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  5. Taking apart treasure books by Kit Williams, and Paul Hoffman ( see also Doc. Cryton ) was work followed, by more work. Twenty-eight years of opening secrets, had a side-effect. I uncovered a 6-digit number. That with two-steps of puzzle logic, becomes six-rows of repeating numbers. Row 1&4, 2&5 and 3&6 were added to each other. Those three were then added-up. All 2’s and 5’s, or looking between numbers 8-rows of 3’s and 0’s. Possible home of AI. I don’t do software. I.B.M not writing back. Think new-chip COOL !!! and could use a place to call home?

  6. wow this is amazing, congratulations, no other company has put there balls on the line like you boyz have, and what a gourgous work of technological prowess, really hope you guys have a great sales team who are ringing every high tech/blue chip business selling this, personally id charge 50 million for 3 of them. if you need a salesperson to sell this high level, let me know!

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