[ExI] D-Wave's Quantum Computer

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Thu May 23 19:50:16 UTC 2013

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

>> It seems to me that one way or the other this matter will be settled
>> soon. D-wave says the number of qbits in it's chips has been doubling every
>> year, if that rate continues then by this time next year they should have a
>> 1000 qbit chip, and if its really working by quantum annealing and not the
>> classical sort then is should be able to solve  QUBO type problems much
>> much faster than the largest supercomputer running any known classical
>> algorithm; and if it can't then D-wave could go the way of Bigfoot and cold
>> fusion.
So the answer to my original question appears to be that you can use it for
general purpose computing, but you probably shouldn't. Just like a
Connection Machine, it is good for some things, and not so hot for word
processing. Does that about sum it up?

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