May 22, 2011

World's first 128 Qubit quantum computer

Quantum information technology was something Sci-Fi before, not to mention the fact that the concepts of "quantum" and "quantum science" are still very strange terms for some. But things are slowly changing.

D-Wave Systems, after some 12 years of research, the accumulation of 60 patents, and the filing of 100 more, has finally released the world's first 128-qubit quantum computer.

COST:  $10,000,000 dollars.

The processor itself has the far cooler codename "Rainier",uses a process called quantum annealing to solve very specific problems. Quantum annealing is an exciting new topic which allows the "moulding and warping" of quantum particle energy levels on a scale far greater than any other approach.

Programmed with the popular Python programming language.

The new system represents a step forward in the supercomputers’ era. Qubit powered computers are very effective when it comes to solving number theory problems or breaking codes. The most exciting bit, though, is that quantum annealing allows scientists and researchers to observe what's actually going on. Historically, the problem with quantum computing is that observing the result is impossible to observe a quantum state is to destroy it -- which makes it rather hard to prove that qubits are actually performing as they should. D-Wave has pioneered a process that allows for quick, rapid "snapshotting" of Rainier's current state, which then become the frames of a movie. By watching the result, D-Wave can finally peer inside the quantum black box and begin to see whether quantum computing can deliver mathematically-provable results.

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