Quantum computing exec named 'innovator of the year'
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 4:11 PM ET
Last Updated: Nov 21, 2011 4:27 PM ET
The founder of a B.C. firm that makes quantum computers has been named "innovator of the year" by the Canadian Innovation Exchange.
Geordie Rose, chief technology officer of Burnaby, B.C.-based D-Wave Systems, Inc., will receive the award in Toronto on Dec. 1 for "a significant contribution to the innovation ecosystem," the Canadian Innovation Exchange said on its website.
The exchange is an annual one-day forum for the digital media, and information and communications technology industry.
D-Wave, founded in 1999, sold its first quantum computing system this past May to U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp., which specializes in defence, security and aerospace technology.
In October, D-Wave announced that another of its quantum computing systems would be launched at a commercial academic computing centre at the Marina del Rey campus of the University of Southern California, in partnership with Lockheed Martin.
Quantum computers store data in units called qubits, analogous to the bits used in conventional computers. But while each conventional bit stores information as either 1 or 0, qubits make use of quantum mechanics — laws of physics that apply only to very, very small particles such as atoms — to encode information as both 1 and 0 at the same time.
That property, known as superposition, means quantum computers can store exponentially more information and grow exponentially faster compared to conventional computers, and are better at certain types of operations.
Quantum computers also have a very small number of bits compared to conventional computers — D-Wave's quantum chip has just 128 qubits.
In addition to handing out the innovator of the year award, the Canadian Innovation Exchange gathering on Dec. 1 will showcase 20 firms chosen as "Canada's hottest innovative companies" this year and feature keynote talks and panel discussions.
Top News Headlines
- Will Rob Ford's supporters leave Ford Nation?
- The growing controversy over a purported video alleging to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine may be testing the faith of even his most die-hard supporters. But experts say Ford's policies may trump whatever personal issues he's facing, and that his supporters may rally behind him. more »
- Royal Bank pledges not to outsource jobs for cash savings
- Royal Bank has promised it will never outsource a Canadian job to a foreign worker solely to save money. more »
- Neil Macdonald: How serious is Obama about curbing the drone surge?
- In a key speech this week, the U.S. president set out a host of supposed new safeguards for America's controversial practice of remote-controlled rough justice. But as Neil Macdonald writes, the underlying rationale for drone use has not fundamentally changed. more »
- Making The Mandela Tapes
- Producer Robin Benger describes how he obtained broadcast access to interviews Nelson Mandela recorded in the 1990s. A CBC Radio Ideas program on the Mandela tapes airs May 28. more »
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies using crack cocaine
- The mayor of Canada's largest city told a packed news conference that he doesn't use crack cocaine and isn't a crack addict. more »
Latest Technology & Science News Headlines
- 3D printers give rise to 'desktop manufacturing'
- Customizable objects from plastic dollhouse furniture to medical prosthetics can now be designed and printed out by almost anyone at the press of a button, and is going to lead to an 'explosion of new stuff,' predicts author Chris Anderson. more »
- Google Street View captures Galapagos Islands
- Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. more »
- King Richard III buried in 'untidy' grave
- New information has surfaced in the odd tale of the British king buried in a car park. King Richard III's remains, which were discovered August under a parking lot in Leicester, England, were laid to rest in a grave researchers are now saying was "badly prepared" and "untidy." more »
- EU pushes through restrictions to protect bees
- The European Union has approved restrictions on three pesticides to better protect dwindling bee populations, to enter into force by December. more »
Bob McDonald's Blog
- Chris Hadfield: The gravity of gravity May. 17, 2013 9:58 AM After five months of being Superman and a media superstar, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is now beginning the challenging task of adapting his mortal body and brain to life back on Earth.
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies using crack cocaine
- Washington police blame bridge collapse on Alberta trucker
- Canada ranks 3rd last in paid vacations
- Dog snared on baited hooks near Grouse Grind trail
- Man accused of killing child in patio crash granted bail
- Amanda Bynes charged for allegedly tossing bong out window
- UBC student took 'nose dive into water' after bridge collapse
- London attack victim's widow speaks of 'our future together'
- Motorists warned to avoid Washington bridge collapse area