Google puts the D-Wave 2 quantum computer to the test

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Jan 21, 2014
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  1. Last year it was revealed that Google and NASA were teaming up to build a quantum computing laboratory based on a system from D-Wave. The 512 qubit D-Wave 2 quantum computer has since been installed and Google was kind enough...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    aka. find a benchmark this computer is good at.
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  3. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 474   +84

    I wonder what kinda problems we're talking about?
  4. Khanonate

    Khanonate TS Booster Posts: 134   +21

    I wonder if it will be good for gaming...
  5. Most likely cracking encrypted messages, this is being sponsored by the NSA after all.
  6. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    NASA (Space) Not NSA (Spying). Learn to read.
  7. Isn't NASA sponsored by NSA?
  8. Armanian

    Armanian TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +19

    If you search NSA and Quantum Computing, they have been researching it and developing it themselves. So to draw a link between NSA and D-Wave is still releavant.
  9. MadnessRed

    MadnessRed TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I thought the idea behind quantum computers was not that they were faster per say but that quantum algorithms could sometimes have a faster time complexity - eg something that is solvable in exponential time classically could also be in quantum-polynomial time?
  10. Hasbean

    Hasbean TS Booster Posts: 112   +29

    But the all important question, what frame rates will it get on Crysis?
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  11. Very interesting article, but I think there should be a brief explanation of the problems that the random instances are of, and the solvers (as I didn't get what these are, and I'm not sure that general purpose computing problems is the answer)
  12. A quantum computer works with switches that not only exist in ON or OFF states but also in states that are simultaneously ‘ON and OFF’. The assumption that a quantum switch can be ‘ON and OFF’ at the same time is based on an INCORRECT concept of Linear Polarization.

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