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Primeur weekly 2019-12-16

Quantum computing

Atos boosts quantum application development through the creation of the first Quantum User Group ...

D-Wave signs agreements with NEC to accelerate commercial quantum computing ...

D-Wave announces promotion of Dr. Alan Baratz to CEO ...

Intel introduces 'Horse Ridge' to enable commercially viable quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Europe's largest initiative for excellence in human-centred artificial intelligence opens its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands ...

HLRS receives two certifications for environmental responsibility ...

Amsterdam knowledge institutes to invest 1 billion euro in Artificial Intelligence ...

Jet de Ranitz appointed as new CEO SURF ...

Lenovo and Intel partner for Vienna Scientific Cluster-4 supercomputer enabling research from climate change to the origin of the Universe ...

Middleware

InfiniteIO wins Vendor Innovation Award at the Channel Partner Insight Channel Innovation Awards 2019 ...

WekaFS selected by Innoviz to accelerate AI for autonomous vehicle innovations ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems adds experienced manufacturing and supply chain leader ...

Supermicro Second Annual Green Data Centre Report finds opportunity for saving millions in energy costs, and reductions in e-waste ...

GRC expands global footprint by opening operations in India ...

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand sees major growth on November 2019 TOP500 supercomputers list ...

NII start operation 400 Gbps link to speed up SINET supporting Japan's academic research ...

Applications

CLASS software framework makes Modena smarter in real-life setting ...

NCSA engineers travel to Chilean base data centre and summit for LSST project ...

Global Unichip Corporation uses Cadence digital implementation and signoff flow to deliver advanced-node designs for AI and HPC applications ...

Bonseyes partners with HPC leader Verne Global to power open AI innovation ...

World's largest computing society announces 2019 Fellows ...

Researchers to tackle the mysteries of the AI 'black box' problem ...

Simulations attempt to reconstruct one of the most explosive events in the universe: A neutron star merger ...

The Cloud

Organisations globally select VMware Cloud on AWS as the foundation for their Cloud strategy ...

Pioneering nanotechnology Cloud - nanoHUB - looks to future ...

D-Wave announces promotion of Dr. Alan Baratz to CEO


Chief Product Officer and head of R&D assumes role of Chief Executive Officer.
9 Dec 2019 Burnaby - D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems, software, and services, announced that Dr. Alan Baratz will assume the role of chief executive officer (CEO), effective January 1, 2020. Alan Baratz joined D-Wave in 2017 and currently serves as the chief product officer and executive vice president of research and development for D-Wave. He takes over from the retiring CEO, Vern Brownell.

Alan Baratz's promotion to CEO follows the launch of Leap, D-Wave's quantum cloud service, in October 2018, and comes in advance of the mid-2020 launch of the company's next-generation quantum system, Advantage.

Alan Baratz has driven the development, delivery, and support of all of D-Wave's products, technologies, and applications in recent years. He has over 25 years of experience in product development and bringing new products to market at leading technology companies and software startups. As the first president of JavaSoft at Sun Microsystems, Alan Baratz oversaw the growth and adoption of the Java platform from its infancy to a robust platform supporting mission-critical applications in nearly 80 percent of Fortune 1000 companies. He has also held executive positions at Symphony, Avaya, Cisco, and IBM. He served as CEO and president of Versata, Zaplet, and NeoPath Networks, and as a managing director at Warburg Pincus LLC. Alan Baratz holds a doctorate in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I joined D-Wave to bring quantum computing technology to the enterprise. Now more than ever, I am convinced that making practical quantum computing available to forward-thinking businesses and emerging quantum developers through the Cloud is central to jumpstarting the broad development of in-production quantum applications", stated Alan Baratz, chief product officer and head of research and development. "As I assume the CEO role, I'll focus on expanding the early beachheads for quantum computing that exist in manufacturing, mobility, new materials creation, and financial services into real value for our customers. I am honoured to take over the leadership of the company and work together with the D-Wave team as we begin to deliver real business results with our quantum computers."

The company also announced that CEO Vern Brownell has decided to retire at the end of the year in order to spend more time at his home in Boston with his family. Alan Baratz will become CEO at that time. During Vern Brownell's tenure, D-Wave developed four generations of commercial quantum computers, raised over $170 million in venture funding, and secured its first customers, including Lockheed Martin, Google and NASA, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Vern Brownell will continue to serve as an advisor to the board.

"There are very few moments in your life when you have the opportunity to build an entirely new market. My 10 years at D-Wave have been rich with breakthroughs, like selling the first commercial quantum computer. I am humbled to have been a part of building the quantum ecosystem", stated Vern Brownell, retiring D-Wave CEO. "Alan has shown tremendous leadership in our technology and product development efforts, and I am working with him to transition leadership of the entire business. This is an exciting time for quantum computing and an exciting time for D-Wave. I can’t imagine a better leader than Alan at the helm for the next phase of bringing practical quantum computing to enterprises around the world."

"With Cloud access and the development of more than 200 early applications, quantum computing is experiencing explosive growth. We are excited to recognize Alan's work in bringing Leap to market and building the next-generation Advantage system. And as D-Wave expands their Quantum-as-a-Service offerings, Alan's expertise with growing developer communities and delivering SaaS solutions to enterprises will be critical for D-Wave's success in the market", stated Paul Lee, D-Wave board chair. "I want to thank Vern for his 10 years of contributions to D-Wave. He was central in our ability to be the first to commercialize quantum computers and has made important contributions not only to D-Wave, but also in building the quantum ecosystem."
Source: D-Wave

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Primeur weekly 2019-12-16

Quantum computing

Atos boosts quantum application development through the creation of the first Quantum User Group ...

D-Wave signs agreements with NEC to accelerate commercial quantum computing ...

D-Wave announces promotion of Dr. Alan Baratz to CEO ...

Intel introduces 'Horse Ridge' to enable commercially viable quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Europe's largest initiative for excellence in human-centred artificial intelligence opens its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands ...

HLRS receives two certifications for environmental responsibility ...

Amsterdam knowledge institutes to invest 1 billion euro in Artificial Intelligence ...

Jet de Ranitz appointed as new CEO SURF ...

Lenovo and Intel partner for Vienna Scientific Cluster-4 supercomputer enabling research from climate change to the origin of the Universe ...

Middleware

InfiniteIO wins Vendor Innovation Award at the Channel Partner Insight Channel Innovation Awards 2019 ...

WekaFS selected by Innoviz to accelerate AI for autonomous vehicle innovations ...

Hardware

CoolIT Systems adds experienced manufacturing and supply chain leader ...

Supermicro Second Annual Green Data Centre Report finds opportunity for saving millions in energy costs, and reductions in e-waste ...

GRC expands global footprint by opening operations in India ...

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand sees major growth on November 2019 TOP500 supercomputers list ...

NII start operation 400 Gbps link to speed up SINET supporting Japan's academic research ...

Applications

CLASS software framework makes Modena smarter in real-life setting ...

NCSA engineers travel to Chilean base data centre and summit for LSST project ...

Global Unichip Corporation uses Cadence digital implementation and signoff flow to deliver advanced-node designs for AI and HPC applications ...

Bonseyes partners with HPC leader Verne Global to power open AI innovation ...

World's largest computing society announces 2019 Fellows ...

Researchers to tackle the mysteries of the AI 'black box' problem ...

Simulations attempt to reconstruct one of the most explosive events in the universe: A neutron star merger ...

The Cloud

Organisations globally select VMware Cloud on AWS as the foundation for their Cloud strategy ...

Pioneering nanotechnology Cloud - nanoHUB - looks to future ...