BEACON TRANSCRIPT – When they keep stumbling over problems that cannot be solved by normal computers, Google and NASA try out the quantum computer.
When you think of Google you think of one of the biggest companies with a huge number of computers and many tech-savvies that could solve any problem at any time. However, you’ll be surprised to find out that Google is encountering PC problems as well. In their endeavor to keep up with the newest technologies and with the market demands, Google stumbles over some problems which are impossible to solve with a normal PC, regardless of who made it, what operating system it runs on or how powerful it is.
That is why, Google turned to NASA for help. NASA has a quantum computer called D-Wave 2X. This is the most advanced computer that is based on quantum mechanics. It can be used to solve very complex problems a lot faster.
The main and most important difference between quantum computers and normal computers is that each bit of a quantum computer can be simultaneously zero and one, whereas, as we know, for a normal computer the bits are either a zero or a one. In this way, calculations can be performed at a much faster pace with a quantum computer.
Google and NASA have put this theory in practice and have discovered that the D-Wave computer came up with an answer for an optimization problem about 100 million times faster than a simple computer that had a single core processor.
NASA uses the computer quite often as they need to solve very complex problems in a very limited amount of time, something that cannot be possible with a traditional computer.
We are waiting for the research paper to be published in order to get more details on how the quantum computer solves such complex problems in such a short time. There are only three such D-Wave devices in the U.S. so clearly, only a few people have access to such technology. However, the findings are promising and even though a very long time might pass until such computers will be truly commercialized, we could hope that major companies will get the hang of them and use them for further technological development.
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