BURNABY, BC--(Jan 16, 2014) - D-Wave Systems Inc., the world's first commercial quantum computing company, today announced that President of U.S. Operations Robert “Bo” Ewald has been named to HPCwire’s “People to Watch” list for 2014. This list features leaders in computing who “have the potential to profoundly impact the world in 2014.” Other “People to Watch” this year include Raj Hazra, the Vice President and General Manager of High Performance Computing at Intel and Andre Eriksen, the CEO and founder of Asetek, among others.
Mr. Ewald was chosen for leading “one of the more fascinating companies on the scene: D-Wave.” Since joining the company in 2013, Mr. Ewald has played a crucial role driving D-Wave’s global business and extending partnerships with top-tier organizations, as well as building the D-Wave U.S. operation.
Mr. Ewald noted, “Over the past year at D-Wave we’ve partnered with some of the most innovative organizations in the world, such as Google and NASA, while also continuing to advance our quantum computing technology. We believe that our quantum computer is a powerful complement to high-performance computers, as they can work together to find fast and energy-efficient solutions to the world’s most complex problems. We look forward to continuing our work with the HPC community in 2014 and beyond.”
Prior to joining D-Wave in May of 2013, Mr. Ewald held a number of roles at pioneering technology organizations, most recently as Executive Chairman of touch sensitive display innovator Perceptive Pixel. Prior to that he was CEO at visualization and HPC leader SGI. Previously, Mr. Ewald was President, COO and CTO at Cray Research, and held management positions at Linux Networx, e-Stamp and Scale8. He began his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory working on computer graphics and high performance computing and ran the Computing Division at the laboratory for several years. In addition, Mr. Ewald has served on many industry and government panels and committees, including an appointment by the White House to the President's Information Technology Advisory Council.
In 2013, working with Google, NASA and USRA, D-Wave installed its newest system, the D-Wave Two™ 512-qubit quantum computer, at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at the NASA Ames Research Center. In addition, Lockheed Martin upgraded their 128-qubit system to D-Wave's latest processor generation.
In the coming year, Mr. Ewald will continue to expand D-Wave’s partnerships with forward-thinking organizations, and oversee global efforts for expansion as D-Wave continues to break new ground in quantum computing.
About D-Wave Systems Inc.
Founded in 1999, D-Wave's mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics and computer science into breakthrough approaches to computation. The company's flagship product, the 512-qubit D-Wave Two™ computer, is built around a novel type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation.
In 2013, D-Wave announced the installation of a D-Wave Two system at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab created jointly by NASA, Google and USRA. This came soon after Lockheed Martin's purchase of an upgrade of their 128-qubit D-Wave One™ system to a 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer. With headquarters near Vancouver, Canada, the D-Wave U.S. offices are located in Palo Alto, California and Vienna, Virginia. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base including Bezos Expeditions, Business Development Bank of Canada, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Goldman Sachs, Growthworks, Harris & Harris Group, In-Q-Tel, International Investment and Underwriting, and Kensington Partners Limited.
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