Not Magic…Quantum

A nascent commercial quantum computer has arrived at Los Alamos and may solve certain problems with such astonishing speed that it would be like pulling answers out of a hat.

July 21, 2016

The world’s first commercial quantum-computer processor is smaller than a wristwatch and can evaluate more possibilities simultaneously than there are atoms in the visible universe. CREDIT: D-Wave Systems, Inc.
“It’s an investment in learning. We are building a community of top scientists who want to explore the capabilities and applications of quantum-annealing technology.” — Mark Anderson, Los Alamos Weapons Physics Directorate

Quantum computers have long been on the horizon as conventional computing technologies approach their physical limits. While general-purpose quantum computers remain on the horizon for the time being, a special kind of quantum computer already exists and could be a game changer for simulation and computing tools in support of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission of stockpile stewardship without nuclear testing. It may also enable a slew of broader national security and computer science applications. But first, it will undoubtedly draw a vibrant community of top creative thinkers in many scientific fields to Los Alamos.

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