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Quantum computer dominates traditional PC in head-to-head battle

By Shawn Knight
May 10, 2013
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  1. Computer scientists have been singing the praises of quantum computers for years but the question remains: How do they stack up against a traditional high-end PC? We finally have an answer to that question as Catherine McGeoch from Amherst College,...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,068   +704

    Careful there guys.... while this sounds like it makes a lot of sense not to 'waste' time on those benchmarks, there's a pretty useful place for them. It's called Proof of Concept. At some point some investor is going to want to know if the money is being spent on something worthwhile or just a theory. Putting together a decent benchmark to show off your new computer might result in a lot of funding. Or not.
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  3. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Rookie Posts: 39   +12

    SKYNET! It's ALIVEEEE!

    *Runs off to buy supplies for his bunker.*
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,034   +738

    Ahhh, but can it play Crysis?
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  5. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 371   +69

    No. But it will probably render videos for you tube faster.
  6. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    The qubits don't just pop out 0's and 1's at the same time. They pop out 0, 1 and everything in between them at the same time. This is great if you need fuzzy logic type stuff, but you're going to get a different answer every time you computer logical numbers like 1 + 1 = 2.

    Lockheed Martin has already said it works and they're investing on upgrading their D-Wave. [link]
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  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,947   +900

    I read an article by MIT that talked about a Lenovo Workstation vs a Quantum computer at computing tasks. The Quantum computer was 1000x faster. It was a quadcore CPU only in the workstation. We need the Quantum computer to go head to head against dual 8 core Xeons to prove the quantum computer superior.
  8. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Rookie Posts: 74

    Hell with 8 core, it needs to go up against Watson or any other supercomputer.
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,947   +900

    True.
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  10. I just want one to download porn faster.
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  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,947   +900

    @guest^, a computers speed doesnt necessarily reflect how fast you download something...
     
  12. GunsAblazin

    GunsAblazin TS Rookie Posts: 74

    ...but if it could receive more than one bit of information at a time the only bottleneck will be the speed if the Internet connection. Better yet, if internet providers use quantum computing we can have instant downloads of very large files.
  13. yRaz

    yRaz TS Booster Posts: 907   +94

    perhaps ISP's using these server side could provide us with more bandwidth for a cheaper price. On top of that, with entanglement in modems the data could be transferred instantly. Just imagine, an end to lag. I'm sure this would also be great for brokerages and day where the speed of light "isn't fast enough."
  14. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,947   +900

    Hmm. Maybe.
  15. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    It can both run and not run Crysis simultaneously.
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  16. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    I was just getting pissed over a captcha being hard to read when I thought, "I need a quantum computer for this...". They'll be great at deciphering visual object.

    That was the best "can it run crysis" comeback ever. *slow clap*

    And at any distance in real time. You could be on Mars and talk to your kids without a delay.

    Do androids dream of electric candles?


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