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Emerging Capabilities



The speeds of a smart phone, a laptop and a desktop, all pale in comparison to the potential speed of emerging quantum computing technology. This new technology may allow for the fastest computing of the most complex problems. Quantum computers can solve ”hard” problems by exploring  all possible solutions at once, rather than the previous standard of testing each solution individually.

Research and development are the foundations of developing new systems, software and technologies. In partnership with the University of Southern California, we founded the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center (QCC), home of D-Wave One, the world's first commercial adiabatic quantum optimizer and by far the largest functional quantum information processor ever built. We then upgraded to the D-Wave Two in 2013.

Using the quantum nature of matter – in which atomic particles can exist in two states at the same time – we can solve very complex problems by casting them in the form of a quantum mechanics problem. We can explore all possible solutions in parallel much more efficiently in comparison to classical computing. This extraordinary scaling will advance the state of the art in software verification and validation, cryptography, drug discovery, machine learning, cyber security, finance and many other areas where innovation is bounded by the limits of high-performance computing.

Lockheed Martin’s expanding research into the astonishing potential of quantum computing draws on the Quantum Theory to solve challenges ranging from designing lifesaving new drugs to rapidly debugging millions of lines of software code.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computing has potential to solve challenges ranging from designing new lifesaving drugs to instantaneously debugging millions of lines of software code.


Explore the world of Quantum with the LM Tomorrow iPad app on the iTunes store.