quantum computing offers the possibility

of exponential speed ups in certain types of calculations or what you could

ever be achieved on the classical computer the basic difference between quantum and

classical computers is how they manipulate information in a classical

computer if you have a series of decisions you can only make one set of

decisions one path and in that decision space at a time and in lots of problems

the number of decisions you need to make grows exponentially if they depend on

each other in a quantum system you don’t have to do one at a time you can take

both paths and so you can consider the case this is true and false and then you

can look at the consequence of that true and false and so on and just like in if

the chinko parlor the rather than taking one path down for that ball in the

quantum case you can take all paths and in the very end of the calculation you

use what’s called quantum interference that to collect your result about say

the optimal route through through that decision space quantum computing is hard

in order to do a calculation we have to come in from the classical world give

the quantum system instructions without messing it up and get it to come to some

result quantum computing still in its infancy it’s a bit like the early days

of classical competing when the transistor was first developed we have

the basic building blocks but we need to figure out how to put them together and

that challenge is something that spans many disciplines from basic science to

engineering computation high-performance computing

and applications and the lab is a place where we have those capabilities and so

it’s an ideal place to to pursue this as a and move the field forward another key

aspect of the lab that’s relevant for this kind of work is that we have a

mission and so everything we’re doing is geared towards realizing that mission

means we have an objective and that actually has a strong impact on how we

perform the work and how we move it forward

the main component of our quantum testbed is a superconducting aluminum

quantum processor what makes our quantum processor unique is its elegant

simplicity it is a resource efficient design so that we get the most

computational power in the smallest footprint the rest of the system is

designed so we can make the processor work we put the processor inside a

cryogen free dilution refrigerator and the compressor reduces the temperature

inside the refrigeration tank to about three Kelvin the electronics around our

quantum test bed serve two purposes the first is a classical to quantum

converter so that we can ask our processor a question the second is as a

quantum to classical converter so we can see the answer to that question a

quantum testbed didn’t come configured there isn’t an instruction manual for

how to put together a quantum computer instead we use the labs mission need to

drive our unique design choices and all of the electronics that make up the con

computing system you

## 6 Comments

## Barry Allen

SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE## BeyondWrittenWords

it is not here, it may never be

## Alex Davidson

The stock market will then be a total fraud with this, total manipulation

## Kroner

This is not the top news, you were late for a couple of years

## Carlos Pulpo

From the description given I don't understand how this is different from parallel processing (with conventional computers) instead of working though each decision tree one at a time in an iterative manor in the "classic" computing model. How are you re-modeling the parts/actions of a CPU? in what type of materials? How many FLOPS? Can you factor RSA/EC keys yet with it? So many questions…

## Daniel Thyringer

Same as announcing live tv as CGI, but real.

Great expectations about quantum AR and regular TV.

Make anchor that grandma loves strip.