Cloud hosted prototype = digital computer?
Wait, is this "prototype" a physical thing, or software running on a cloud cluster of *digital* computers?
>> "By making the Advantage2 PROTOTYPE available in the Leap quantum cloud service today, the company is providing an early snapshot for exploration and learning by developers and researchers,"....
If they define their *software* implementation as a "prototype", they can happily sell people access to their software running on digital computers while claiming it is access to a "quantum computer PROTOTYPE". Since there will likely be only one physical prototype, and it is likely buggy and problematic (aka a 'prototype'), you would not offer *that* to customers. You'd constantly be configuring your only prototype, cooling it to superconduct, warming it, measuring the result, get buggy impossible prototype results the customer won't pay for, restart... very slow, not the sort of thing that scales to a remote service. On the other hand, DWave's "classical" solver and the digital computer cluster that it runs on is trivial to scale, and already offered via its Leap service.
Leap offers the digital cluster as either "classical" or "hybrid" now. I wonder how many of those "hybrid" solver problems are dispatched to an actual quantum computer.... I bet its only a token number.
If we open that cloud, is Quantum Computing alive or dead?