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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer 189

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the yes-no-maybe-so dept.
Panaflex writes "D-Wave systems announced general availability for its 128 qubit adiabatic quantum machine just two weeks ago, and reports of its first sale to Lockheed Martin have come out." The D-Wave Systems site has a rather informative collection of quantum computing papers.
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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

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  • Wiki (Score:3, Insightful)

    by squidflakes (905524) on Friday May 27, 2011 @03:50PM (#36267240) Homepage

    I attempted to get a basic understand of quantum computing from Wikipedia, and maybe find out how a quibit measured up to a traditional bit, and what adibatic meant.

    Whelp...

    I will never make fun of another old person who is unable to grasp the concepts of computing and computer interface that I use every day.

  • by stevelinton (4044) <sal@dcs.st-and.ac.uk> on Friday May 27, 2011 @03:58PM (#36267362) Homepage

    A traditional digital computer is pretty hellish to program too if you take away all the props -- you have to find a set of bit values for the memory such this immense consrtructrion of hundreds of millions of gates, clocks, latches, etc. will evolve to give your answer in a reasonably ti,me.

  • Re:Wiki (Score:4, Insightful)

    by retchdog (1319261) on Friday May 27, 2011 @04:40PM (#36267832) Journal

    the knowledge will be modularized and commercialized fairly quickly. in the 50s and 60s linear algebra was really hard because it hadn't been parsed out into an easy form - the useful stuff was all tied up with operator theory and the sort of understanding that geniuses have. fast-forward to now, and computing a matrix svd is a fairly standard task (even if you don't really have what a mathematician would call 'understanding').

    similarly, quantum programming will most likely condense into a hierarchy of professional modules and life will go on. the structure of IT and computer engineering is almost totally is socioeconomic phenomenon and not a technical one...

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