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Cluster: Quantum computing

Cluster: Quantum computing

Cluster of topics related to quantum computing.

Quantum computation utilizes quantum mechanical effects such as superposition, entanglement, and interference to perform computation. Classical computation relies on the ability to store and manipulate binary integers (bits) generally made from silicon transistors. Instead, quantum computers make use of quantum bits (qubits) that can have the value 0, 1, or a superposition of these 2 states. Leveraging superposition and entanglement to create states that scale exponentially with the number of qubits offers the potential for dramatic improvements in computation power compared to classical computers.

A quantum mechanical model of a computer was first conceived by physicist Paul Benioff in 1980, inspired by an Alan Turing paper written in 1936. Richard Feynman, then a professor at Caltech, described how quantum computers could be used to simulate physical systems in a paper published in 1982, entitled "Simulating Physics with Computers". These ideas were developed by David Deutsch in 1985, describing the concept of a universal quantum computer to understand the mathematical potential that was possible. In 1994 Peter Shor developed “Shor’s algorithm” allowing a quantum computer to perform factorization of large numbers significantly faster than the best classical algorithms.

Development continued through the 90s and 2000s with significant contributions from scientists David Wineland, Christopher Monroe, and Lov Grover, companies and institutions such as the Technical University of Munich, Los Alamos National Laboratory, IBM, D-Wave, and Google. On October 23rd, 2019 researchers at Google published a paper claiming they had achieved quantum supremacy using the Sycamore quantum computer. Quantum supremacy refers to solving a problem that could not be solved by a classical computer in a reasonable amount of time. Although some disagreed whether Google had achieved true quantum supremacy it is seen as a significant breakthrough in quantum computation.

Current quantum computers struggle with errors in the form of noise and loss of quantum coherence as well as engineering challenges. However, they have found applications in fields such as cryptography and drug development.

Fundamental Science
Quantum Mechanics
Qubits

A Qubit (quantum bit) is the quantum computing analog of a classical bit. Unlike classical bits (which have the value 0 or 1), qubits are two-level quantum systems that can have the value 0, 1, or a linear combination of both states caused by quantum superposition.

Quantum computing hardware requires qubits that can scale to the numbers required to demonstrate computing advantages compared to classical machines (>10,000 qubits). A number of qubit systems are under research for use as quantum computers. These include:

Quantum Algorithms
Related Topics
Applications

Applications of quantum computing include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Drug development
  • Financial Modeling
  • Better Batteries
  • Cleaner Fertilization
  • Traffic Optimization
  • Weather Forecasting and Climate Change
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Solar Capture
  • Electronic Materials Discovery
Companies

Quantum Computing Companies (Hardware and Software)

Quantum Computing Hardware Companies

Quantum Computing Software Companies

Notable quantum computers

Timeline

People

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LinkedIn

Hartmut Neven

Creator Neven's Law

Further reading

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Simulating Physics with Computers

Richard Feynman

Journal

May 7, 1981

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

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News

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Reuters
August 9, 2021
The Hindu
The industry's confidence is born from the rapid rise of the battery to power not only transportation, but myriad other parts of the global economy, an evolution that many industry analysts expect to require a massive expansion of mining.
Reuters
August 5, 2021
The Hindu
The move comes after China imposed sweeping regulations on the private-tutoring sector.
Special Correspondent
August 5, 2021
The Hindu
This partnership will enable HCL to leverage T-Hub's innovation expertise and ecosystem of start-ups, corporates and investors to accelerate its open innovation initiatives, says T-Hub.
Francesco Bova
July 16, 2021
Harvard Business Review
A guide to the next computer age.
IEEE Computer Society
June 24, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE21), a multidisciplinary event bridging the gap between the science...
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