So there’s a company called D-Wave Systems over in Canada who are pushing the envelope with this whole Quantum computing
stuff. It’s among the farthest technological frontiers of our time and
like most cutting edge territories, it’s hard to understand. But this
hasn’t kept news of a breakthrough from spreading. It turns out a
qubit-powered quantum computer made by D-Wave did an impressive calculation recently, garnering much commented attention.
since Math isn’t this writer’s strong suit (you wouldn’t believe the
grades he got in college algebra—embarrassing!) here’s a block quote [or
two] from the source text: (Sorry!)
To prove that quantum
computing really is pushing forward, Zhengbing Bian at D-Wave used one
of the company’s machines to tackle a very difficult calculation known
as a "two-color Ramsey number.”…
…The system required just
28 qubits to actually solve the Ramsey problem, using the other 56 for
error correction. And, because this was a Ramsey problem that has
already been solved by conventional means, Bian and company know that
their D-Wave computer came up with the correct solution (it was 8).
the punchline is, er, quantum computers are viable. If that was
underwhelming, much apologies. But hey, this is sort of important. Maybe
its time to read up on quantum computers to stay ahead of the curve.
*Googles ‘quantum computers,’ opens links, starts to read…
Source Popular Science