Sunday, January 08, 2017

Cloud Quantum Computing by IBM

podcast interview:
Chris Lirakis on the promise of quantum computing - O'Reilly Media
...novel computing architectures at IBM... quantum computing platform in the cloud,
the “IBM Quantum Experience,” was opened up to researchers, scientists, and the public.

IBM Quantum Computer is running on extremely cold environment, very near absolute 0 K and it has total of (only) 5 Qubits accessible via cloud, used mostly for scientific research. 
Quantum physics is well established science (while complex and mind-bending) but technology is using it for computing is still in early stages. "Cloud" is a very useful for providing access to such complex tools. Google also has a quantum computer for its internal usage. 

"Whereas common digital computing requires that the data be encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always in one of two definite states (0 or 1), quantum computation is analog and uses quantum bits, which can be in an infinite number of superpositions of states. 

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