First Quantum Computer Constructed At University Of SussexBy Amanda Foster, UniversityHerald Reporter
For the first time ever, a quantum computer is being built in a large scale. Previously, the IBM super computer was thought to be the computer that would process multiple calculations in a short period of time. Something NASA needs when trying to send a man into space and calculate space flight and trajectories.
Now, a quantum computer may be the next super-fast machine that will revolutionize computations in a much more bigger scale using quantum mechanics. According to BBC, using quantum mechanics to solve problems that are beyond the most advanced "classical" ones is possible.
However, there are challenges when it comes to this large scale model, as reported by the BBC. The details are still in the construction plan, says Winfried Hensinger, a professor from the University of Sussex. To put it simply, regular computers have "bits" of information and the quantum computer will have a "qubit" which will have more values than the bit.
And they still have a long way to go because their current challenge is to build a device that can house more than 10 qubits. If successfully built, the quantum computer can open doors for many industries in science and technology.
Winfried is not the only one on board the quantum computer train. Scientists from Google, Aarhus University, Riken Research Institute and the University of Siegen are also in on the construction plans.
It is still a blueprint at this point, according to The Conversation. While most of the research done is still mostly academic, the team has drawn up the internal mechanisms involved to build this large-scale computer.
Many have thought this as an ambitious plan but over the last few years, Winfried and the rest of the researchers have made tremendous progress. Their study has actual engineering involved and it will take all scientific minds to figure out the size, modules, power consumption, parts and cooling system.
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