Introduction to Leap#

Leap™, launched in 2018, is the quantum cloud service from D-Wave. Leap brings quantum computing to the real world by providing real-time cloud access to our systems.

You use Leap to do the following:

Sign up for Leap here:

Leap Dashboard#

The Leap dashboard is the home for your Leap experience and contains a considerable amount of useful information. For example, you can manage your account settings and see the status of problems you have submitted, usage statistics, solver status, a summary of your account, and your active project and its associated API token.

You might be a member of multiple projects, but the information displayed on the dashboard is only for the active project; for example, the solvers that have been assigned to the active project.

Leap supports solvers in multiple regions (for example, North America and Europe). The dashboard displays the solvers that are available by region.


  • If you have a Trial or Developer Plan, you have only one project.

  • You can make a different project active by selecting your_user_name > Projects > project.


You submit problems to solvers. Solvers are either quantum processing units (QPUs), classical,[1] or hybrid; hybrid solvers use a combination of quantum and classical resources.

Problem Submission and API Tokens#

To submit a problem, an API token is required. Instead of a user name and password, an API token is used to authenticate your client session when it connects to Leap. A unique and secure API token is generated for each of your projects and is available on the Leap dashboard.

To learn about authorizing the Ocean software access to your Leap account and enabling it to store your API token in your development environment, see Support for IDEs.

If your API token is shared or compromised in any way, you should reset it via the Leap dashboard.

Customer Plans and Access to Solvers#

Your customer plan and seat type in a project, together with your customer contract (where applicable), determine your degree of access to solvers. You can view your solver access and usage for a project on the dashboard.

Users with limited solver access can submit problems to the solvers in a project while their remaining solver-access time[2][3] for that project is sufficient.

Support for IDEs#

D-Wave Leap supports third-party integrated development environments (IDEs) that are compliant with the Development Containers specification. Examples of popular, compliant IDEs are cloud-based GitHub Codespaces and locally installed VS Code.

For more information, see Support for IDEs.

Leap Administration#

Leap Admin is an easy-to-use cloud-based administration tool.[4] You use Leap Admin to invite users and manage their access to projects in the Leap quantum cloud service, view the status of problems submitted to solvers, troubleshoot submission issues, and generate solver usage reports.

For more information, see the Administration Guide.

Leap Community, Resources, and Help#

Leap has many learning resources available as follows:

  • Community

    A community space where you can pose questions and provide answers to other users of the service.

  • Resources

    Includes Leap demos and a searchable collection of examples and Jupyter notebooks.

  • Help

    Includes a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section and a knowledge base.