Harnessing Infinity: The Promise of Quantum Computing

Watts Up With That?

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Register has published a fascinating video about Quantum Computing, an interview with D-Wave, a company which manufactures what they claim are quantum computing systems.

According to The Register;

It turns out that there are three broad categories of problem where your best bet is a quantum computer. The first is a Monte Carlo type simulation, the second is machine learning, and the third is optimization problems that would drive a regular computer nuts – or, at least, take a long time for it to process.

An example of this type of optimization problem is this: Consider the approximately 2,000 professional hockey players in North America. Your task is to select the very best starting line-up from that roster of guys.

There are a lot of variables to consider. First there’s all the individual stats, like how well they score, pass, and defend. But…

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