The very notion of quantum computing is a bit mind numbing, and the technology is so nascent that researchers aren't even really sure of the best way to go about constructing a quantum computer. Nonetheless, D-Wave Systems Inc. has just sold one of its eponymous D-Wave One quantum computing systems to none other than Lockheed Martin, along with a multi-year contract to keep the thing working.
D-Wave's technology is something they call a "quantum annealing processor," and without going to deep into the inner workings of the thing (because I can't), it is basically a means of finding solutions to "combinatorial optimization problems." In other words, rather than dealing in ones and zeros, the processor taps the processing power of qubits--or quantum bits--which are multidimensional analogs to the analog bit.
The fundamental advantage here is that a qubit can be in more than one state at the same time, unlike the classical bit. And so quantum computers can, in theory, consider multiple possible solutions to a problem at the same time in essence. That makes them vastly more powerful and much, much faster than today's conventional supercomputers.
D-Wave has come under some scrutiny from the quantum community, where other researchers have claimed that their "quantum optimizers" can really solve useful problems. But Lockheed seems to think they can. No word on what the company aims to do with their quantum computer, but D-Wave claims it is going to be used to address the Lockheed's "most challenging computation problems."
As fast as computers are getting, I still find I only type 30 wpm minute and I still need spell check, lol.
Yeah and I can only read so many words a minute. If only these computers could do the reading and then compute a way to compress it and then directly inject it into my brain via wireless communications! That would be nice. No seriously we really do need a way to advance the human processor through other processes.
What the heck is this? One week I am reading about advancements towards quantum computing that should allow one to be created in the next few years and today I am reading about an operational one being sold to a company? Which one is it? Do we have quantum computers or not?
This company have been announcing quantum computing advancements for the past several years. A week ago, they announced that they have a quantum computer ready for commercialization, and they're now selling them for 10 million a pop. Their claims seem legitimate. Their computers can (according to some who tried it) solve certain set of mathematical problems that conventional computers would have a hard time with.
Their applications are still very limited, and the price astronomical. We are still decades away from mainstream quantum computers.
skynet here you come.
Ok jedimindset.. I'm with you on that one, but the comment on the disney sensory chair, still pretty god damn stupid
Glad they at least have a high-profile buyer. With Lockheed throwing some cash into the tech, other corporations may follow, leading to more funding for quantum computing research, and hence faster development.
I give it 10 years until quantum computers start reaching the mainstream market, 15-20 until they're affordable. Not that my predictions mean jack, but I'm still sharing.
I can suggest an application for this computer. Ab initio quantum mechanic calculation of material properties. It seems that when properties such as resistance or conductivity, band gap, formation energies…etc are calculated theoretically that errors (sometimes large ones) show up somewhere in the results. This can be seen when the theoretical calculations are compared with experimental results.
I have been told that this is due to approximations being made in the calculations in order to simplify them so the computer can complete the assignment in a reasonable amount of time. I am not talking about super computers though...rather the ones used on the university level for most funded studies.
I wonder if Lockheed Martin is open to suggestions about something for their new computer to warm up on.
We should be able to create a synthetic brain in about 10 years.
It's very hard to know whether or not we have quantum computers, because if you observe it, you change it.
"It from bit", John Wheeler said. Or "It from qubit" as may be.
im sure quantum computing has been around for a while, the fact that it hits mainstream news means they have something better. or there were inherent flaws in quantum computing for military applications. ie reasoning that killing is wrong, a close look at einsteins theories and modern quantum theories show that there might be perhaps a unified conciousness to all matter. what some right wing quasi-religious nuts might call god i might call the great quantum collective. i seriously doubt any harm could ever come out of quantum computing. people who are "intuitive" tap into it. there is no magic, only science. i might be incorrect but in string theory matter is only present for a second, existing as a vibration or string present throughout the toroidal shape of our perceived space. the electron haze is a good example.
Where was this a few years ago when Crysis released?!?!
Joking aside, I cant wait to see what people decide to do with this power.