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IBM claims huge strides in quantum computing
CNET ^ | February 27, 2012 9:00 PM PS | Daniel Terdiman

Posted on 03/08/2012 7:01:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

With its latest research, Big Blue says it's reached device performance close to the minimum requirements for implementing a "practical quantum computer." But many hurdles remain.

Seen here is a silicon chip housing three superconducting quantum bits, or qubits. IBM believes qubits are the key to its quantum computing efforts. (Credit: IBM Research)

Scientists at IBM say they have made a quantum computing breakthrough that demonstrates that a full-scale quantum computer is not only possible but is within reasonable reach.

In an announcement being made today at the American Physical Society in Boston, Matthias Steffen, manager of IBM's experimental quantum computing group, will unveil the research that has led his team to conclude they are the brink of developing scalable technology that could far outstrip what even the strongest supercomputers can do today.

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1 posted on 03/08/2012 7:01:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce; SunkenCiv; blam; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge

fyi


2 posted on 03/08/2012 7:02:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

With transistor junctions down to the size of an atom, quantum computers are bound to become reality very soon.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 7:07:01 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Riiiiight. What’s a qubit?


4 posted on 03/08/2012 7:08:01 PM PST by battlecry
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Great article; thanks for posting it (even if I am a bit slow to pick up on it).


5 posted on 03/08/2012 7:10:18 PM PST by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: battlecry

Its a device to keep score.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 7:11:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

One of the things that makes the work huge is fact checking the results.
My test equip takes me out to .000000000 decimal places.
I round that to .000 for practical applications and .000000000 for precision applications
These guys are looking at .000000000000000000 or something to that effect. How can you prove that there are no physical influences in the raw data or mistakes in the math that are misleading?
I look at things in nanoseconds. I will trust the big guys to figure this out.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 7:24:18 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I can understand two’s complements and have a inkling of I&Q pairs, but this stuff blows my mind.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 7:33:15 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is way harder to understand than J K valence shells.

I am in over my head LOL


9 posted on 03/08/2012 7:37:14 PM PST by mylife
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To: battlecry
What’s a qubit?

Qubit, Forebit, Hexbit, a Dollar
Sounds like a football cheer

10 posted on 03/08/2012 7:37:42 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: battlecry

How long can you tread water?


11 posted on 03/08/2012 7:38:18 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: battlecry

Good question. A quick search results in them never really defining it as more than the set of quantum states, but once it’s read, you detect only a bit [0,1]. Now I’m curious and will have to do more research.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 7:39:54 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: HangnJudge
Qubit, Forebit, Hexbit, a Dollar Sounds like a football cheer

...all for the Gators...stand up and Holler!

13 posted on 03/08/2012 7:42:09 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: battlecry
>O?Riiiiight. What’s a qubit?

(because most readers won't get your reference)


14 posted on 03/08/2012 7:45:01 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

Well, thanks, you and dfwgator did. The fellow who said he was over his head, could be, say, threading water, so I’d count him in too.

Noah had to get all the animals in groups of two, male and female, thus starting the binary computing system. He also knew the qubit so the guy was way ahead of his time.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 7:57:14 PM PST by battlecry
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To: battlecry
What’s a qubit?
16 posted on 03/08/2012 8:02:07 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Bookmark.

Wonder which generation of quantum computers will become aware?

17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:07:53 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: battlecry
Wasn't the Ark 40 Qubits? ☺
18 posted on 03/08/2012 8:11:59 PM PST by mylife
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To: The Cajun
Most of us believe that wont happen till we perfect organic computers first.


19 posted on 03/08/2012 8:15:58 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
LOL!

Noah was the Man!

20 posted on 03/08/2012 8:18:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: mylife

One of the classes I teach is Computer Organization. The Freshman have trouble enough understanding that. Can’t imagine them grasping Quantum concepts—or even most Professors for that matter.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 8:19:43 PM PST by rbg81 (Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Perhaps some form of usable technology in real terms will evolve from this basic research. I don’t follow these things any more. And surely have no background on these forms of transistor development. So I will keep it at a ... good wishes to IBM in their research efforts in this area.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 8:24:00 PM PST by Marine_Uncle
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To: The Cajun
One of the problems with the current Ipad3 is that it is only as good as its data input, and it has lousy input senses

Its pretty spiffy, but it will NEVER think on its own. Its great at telling you where some geek thinks there is good pizza joint, but I know better pizza joints where folks don't sit around looking at their iphones. In fact the Ipad3 is pretty useless for serious data manipulation because the interface is so rigid.

Half the world walks around now staring at their hand.

23 posted on 03/08/2012 8:26:07 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Indeed!


24 posted on 03/08/2012 8:26:45 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife

Throw enough computing power behind a complex learning OS (which quantum computers could prove to be) and you may come up a silicone based system that mimics organic systems (us) so perfectly that you can’t distinguish between them.........Just guessing.


25 posted on 03/08/2012 8:27:55 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: rbg81

They have difficulty ordering pizza.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 8:28:11 PM PST by mylife
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To: The Cajun

I don’t see it happening

Weve done great things with silicon and software.
Software is logic, and its impossible for it to emulate the human mind imho.

Oh, you can make it replicate portions of popular thought, but it even does that poorly.

The code is only as good as the programmer.
I have never seen a program that learns from it self and external input well.

The world hated that talking paper clip from microshaft!


27 posted on 03/08/2012 8:35:02 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

I want Heisenberg Compensators, and I want them now. ;’) Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach.


28 posted on 03/08/2012 8:38:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: The Cajun
Throw enough computing power behind a complex learning OS (which quantum computers could prove to be) and you may come up a silicone based system that mimics organic systems (us) so perfectly that you can’t distinguish between them.........Just guessing.

Except that when you say "This operating system blows" you're not calling it a slut. (Can I say that?)

Cheers!

29 posted on 03/08/2012 8:46:05 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: mylife
The code is only as good as the programmer.

I wasn't necessarily thinking of a human writing the code.

I have never seen a program that learns from it self and external input well.

Not yet, but a quantum leap in computing power and speed should help that along.(A self adjusting loop program that adjusted itself thousands of times a second to constantly varying inputs to optimize the measurements it was taking on a varying exponential decay curve.
That was 25 years ago. Things done got a lot faster now and will continue to get better.)

The world hated that talking paper clip from microshaft!

As stupid as I see people acting lately, *Clippie* may make a comeback.

30 posted on 03/08/2012 9:01:35 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: grey_whiskers
you're not calling it a slut.

LOL, you had a long way to go there, but you got it over the plate :^)

31 posted on 03/08/2012 9:04:48 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
As stupid as I see people acting lately, *Clippie* may make a comeback.

Well that's kind of my wider point.

I hope we never do have a system that takes in all of the input equally.

We'll end up with cyber dumbocrats in the congress executive and judiciary.

32 posted on 03/08/2012 9:07:55 PM PST by mylife
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To: battlecry
What’s a qubit?

He's on first!

33 posted on 03/08/2012 9:10:04 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: The Cajun

34 posted on 03/08/2012 9:12:38 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife

Think that example would be great in a Dilbert cartoon!


35 posted on 03/08/2012 9:19:18 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
It's funny because its true!


36 posted on 03/08/2012 9:22:40 PM PST by mylife
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To: rbg81

CA these kids understand pentode tubes?
Can they understand how radio changed the world?


37 posted on 03/08/2012 9:26:03 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
Haven't seen *Catbert*, the evil HR director, lately.
Probably got a job in the OBummer administration.
38 posted on 03/08/2012 9:29:59 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: All

My bottom line is that you can’t replace us and if they did do it with a computer, they would put a bounty on us.

I would personally track down clippy and end it.

I’s like to see an animated paperclip do that.


39 posted on 03/08/2012 9:31:36 PM PST by mylife
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To: The Cajun

How does one program that dynamic into a bit of silicon and some code?

Dogbert rules.


40 posted on 03/08/2012 9:33:19 PM PST by mylife
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To: mylife
CA these kids understand pentode tubes?

Now you're talking my language.
Filaments, cathode, control grid, screen grid, suppressor grid, plate, B+, etc, etc.

41 posted on 03/08/2012 9:36:38 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: All

I have seen great engineers do shit on paper and hands on.
Ive seen lousy engineers get complacent with software driven engineering programs.
One of the things I have noticed with that with automated programs, hardware guys get complacent.

Its the same in the commercial world, people get mesmerized with flash and stop thinking about the goal

I know a bunch of smart SOBS that play call of duty on the x box 360 who never served and wouldn’t know one end of a gun from another.


42 posted on 03/08/2012 9:45:06 PM PST by mylife
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To: The Cajun

How are they to understand Quantum computers if they dont understand the basics?

Seriously.


43 posted on 03/08/2012 9:47:18 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sorry to be cynical, but I’ll venture to guess this will immediately be outsourced to the PRC and we’ll go further into debt.


44 posted on 03/08/2012 9:50:16 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: mylife
Every now and then I think back where we were when I was in electronic tech school in 1967 and where we are now.
Really blows my mind, the young ones have no idea.
45 posted on 03/08/2012 9:56:30 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

That’s my point Cajun,they have no clue.

We are floating them on hardware.


46 posted on 03/08/2012 9:59:29 PM PST by mylife
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To: UCANSEE2

I remember it well. ... where’s my mitten ?


47 posted on 03/08/2012 10:52:42 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Clock King
Now I’m curious and will have to do more research.

Start by watching the Wizard of Oz six times. Then read The End of Science by John Horgan (1996).

Trust me on this one.

48 posted on 03/08/2012 11:09:05 PM PST by dr_lew
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Nice work! The Asian manufacturers will make a fortune!

Thanks Ernest.

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49 posted on 03/09/2012 4:36:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: battlecry
*** Riiiiight. What’s a qubit? ***

LOL. You're showing your age.

an aside: I have all of his albums, pure comic genius. Today's yutes would be amazed how we entertained ourselves back then. 'You sat around and listened to what? How is that any fun???'

50 posted on 03/09/2012 4:49:40 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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