Super Cooled Super Conducting Super Quantum Computer

February 15, 2007

In a comment to my Optical Molasses post Tom Slee said:

Very cool indeed. But as to quantum computing, I’m terminally sceptical. See here.

On Tuesday, completely unaware of Tom’s skepticism :-), D-Wave systems demonstrated their Orion quantum computer. A description of this 16 qubit system comes from D-Wave founder Geordie Rose in his Blog post about the demo:

The Orion system is a hardware accelerator designed to solve a particular NP-complete problem called the two dimensional Ising model in a magnetic field. It is built around a 16-qubit superconducting adiabatic quantum computer processor. The system is designed to be used in concert with a conventional front end for any application that requires the solution of an NP-complete problem.

Very cool (literally)!!!

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One Response to “Super Cooled Super Conducting Super Quantum Computer”

  1. tom s. Says:

    Scott Aaronson, a local quantum computing blogger, has something to say here: http://scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=198.

    And another quantum computerist also: http://dabacon.org/pontiff/?p=1427.

    Me, I’m saying nothing for now.


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