vailixi Posted August 29, 2015 Share Posted August 29, 2015 (edited) I was kinda curious about the whole quantum computing thing. I had read about it in Michael Crichton's Timeline 1999. I hadn't really paid it much thought after that. But it's been in the news a bit lately. D-Wave systems is the only known manufacturer of quantum computers. From what I read the chip is only 340GFlops (a little bit more juice than Invidia's Tegra K-1 Development board) but the entire machine cost's about $10 million. They are in the process of developing better quantum chips and the main problem that I'm seeing with it is that the chips themselves have to be operated at 0.1Kelvin which is just a smidgen above absolute zero. (no molecular motion). And that's how you get the unique quantum properties that allow the processor to work. But it takes a lot of cooling equipment to make this happen it takes up a lot of space. I realize this technology is quite new and we'll probably see a lot of further development in the field of quantum computing. But I really don't see what all of the fuss is about. There were some articles and posts talking about how the NSA is worried about quantum computers being able to crack encryption but at the current state of quantum computing I don't see it doing anything like that. My question is: What's the big deal? Am I missing something? I'm sure some of you are way better a physics and also computing and someone will have something intelligent to say on the subject. Edited August 29, 2015 by vailixi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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