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Google builds a working quantum computer

By T.K. Randall
December 10, 2015 · Comment icon 18 comments

NASA has been collaborating with Google for several years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Bshope
The new platform is able to solve problems 100 million times faster than a conventional desktop PC.
Unlike regular computers which encode data in to bits that can hold a state of either '1' or '0', quantum computers use quantum bits which can exist in both a '1' and '0' state simultaneously.

By using special techniques to manipulate these units of quantum information it becomes possible for a computer to perform a whole series of mathematical calculations all at the same time.
The search giant's new 'D-Wave X2' quantum supercomputer takes advantage of these methods to carry out problem solving at speeds of up to 100 million times faster than a standard computer.

Even NASA has been collaborating with Google on the project with exploration director Rupak Biswas describing it as 'a truly disruptive technology that could change how we do everything.'



Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by coolguy 9 years ago
That's pretty cool that they can even build this, I want one lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by Infernal Gnu 9 years ago
I want to ask it if there is a God and what is the meaning of life!!
Comment icon #11 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
The best available (perhaps) so far : Tianhe-2 It is the world's fastest supercomputer according to the TOP500 lists for June 2013, November 2013, June 2014, November 2014, June 2015, and November 2015. Plans of the Sun Yat-sen University in collaboration with Guangzhou district and city administration to double its computing capacities were stopped by a US government rejection of Intel's application for an export license for the CPUs and coprocessor boards. The Wall Street Journal analysts considered this a blow to Intel and their suppliers sales and a drag to US information technology develo... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
The best available (perhaps) so far : But I think it takes a lot more than money to get one of these set ups ~ wiki link ` Yeah, writing effective "multi parallel codes" for high-end supercomputers is hard enough. Imagine the math to code a quantum computer. Yikes!
Comment icon #13 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
Is it time again to perhaps revisit analog computing, dealing with continuous rather then discrete values. Alas, my slide rule gathers dust.
Comment icon #14 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
I would totally play Doom 1 on this
Comment icon #15 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
On August 29, 1997 Skynet became self aware and three billion human lives ended.
Comment icon #16 Posted by third_eye 9 years ago
Yeah, writing effective "multi parallel codes" for high-end supercomputers is hard enough. Imagine the math to code a quantum computer. Yikes! I'm not too much in the know but apparently from what I understand, there will be no ceilings for code errors to be detected ... and to put in place thresholds will in the end render the advantages redundant ... if anything its the area specific to hologram technology that will be the key to harness this technological advancements. I have little to no idea what that means in terms of open public end user resources ~ `
Comment icon #17 Posted by MyOtherAccount 9 years ago
Yeah, writing effective "multi parallel codes" for high-end supercomputers is hard enough. Imagine the math to code a quantum computer. Yikes! recursive, parallel, XML, using qubits "which can exist in both a '1' and '0' state and a 1/0 state -- tristates forever!!! -- all simultaneously. (That will take W3C a while in developing standards... lol) I think it is time for me to throw down the mantle rather than passing it on. Nothing from the past will be of help.
Comment icon #18 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 9 years ago
Computer technology is advancing so fast n getting more affordable. But wat about food technology like lab grown meat? Computer we just buy once but food we need everyday!


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