D-Wave sells quantum computer to a high profile client

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June 1, 2011

The digital world has been abuzz with the concept of quantum computing and availability of quantum computers for general public. We without doubt can admit the fact that digital microprocessor have changed our lives in a lot of ways. If the electrons or other subatomic particles come into play for processing our data, the technology would surely take a giant leap. A Canadian company D-Wave had unveiled what it called a quantum computer that could solve Su-Doku puzzles. But there was lot of skepticism going on because the idea was still in its infant stage. The same company recently announced an imminent sale of its quantum computer to aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, a high profile client.

D-Wave has announced that Lockheed Martin will purchase their quantum computer with “quantum annealing” processors. Quantum computers have been believed to make the problems of annealing relatively easier by replacing the bits with smaller units, the qubits or quantum bits. Annealing is actually a way to find the best solution when there are more than one probable solutions. Scientists believe that, with quantum computers, the bits of information can be superimposed to check all the possible solutions simultaneously rather than going through all of them one by one.

D-Wave’s use of quantum technology in their computers was held with much skepticism by experts. But D-Wave published a paper in early May this year demonstrating an 8 qubit system and how it exhibits annealing behavior that are in agreement with the quantum mechanics. This uncovered the first ever quantum computer, the D-Wave One.

If the performance of quantum computers exceeds that of normal computers, let us hope to see more of them in our daily lives very soon.

Source: New Scientist

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