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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 06 2014, @05:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the CQluaasnstiucmal-Superposition dept.

AnonTechie points us towards updates on the evaluation of D-Wave's annealing devices.

From Phys.org's reporting on the latest tests:

With cutting-edge technology, sometimes the first step scientists face is just making sure it actually works as intended. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is home to the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center (QCC), a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility specially built to house the first commercially available quantum computing processors; devices so advanced that there are only two in use outside the Canadian lab where they were built. The first one went to USC and Lockheed Martin, and the second to NASA and Google. Since USC's facility opened in October 2011, a key task for researchers has been to determine whether D-Wave processors operate as hoped using the special laws of quantum mechanics to offer potentially higher-speed processing, instead of operating in a classical, traditional way.

(Background at Time, for those unfamiliar.)

 
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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by TheSage on Thursday March 06 2014, @06:22AM

    by TheSage (133) on Thursday March 06 2014, @06:22AM (#11788) Journal
    The Titanium Physicist Podcast [brachiolopemedia.com] did an episode on quantum computing. In there they give a good explanation of the difference between the D-Wave computer and the more 'traditional' approaches to quantum computing.

    Unfortunately they had the most stupid guest of all time in that episode. So if you are new to the Titanium Physicist, the guests' questions are usually of much higher quality.

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