Intel Spotlights Quantum Computing Research

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    At the American Physical Society meeting in Boston this year, Intel is highlighting several of the advances they've made in the field of quantum computing. Between Monday and Thursday this week, Intel will hold several talks on things ranging to 49-qubit processors, the testing of qubits on 300mm wafers, bottlenecks that can be solved by quantum computers, and even a technique for cramming more quantum bits into a smaller area with through-silicon-vias, which is the same technology used to connect HBM memory stacks to underlying interposers. But what stood out to me most was Intel's focus on commercialization. Many research papers on quantum computing focus on the theoretical, and what could be built at some unspecified time in the future, once the engineering hurdles are worked out. Intel has their fair share of theoretical work too, but several of their talks focus on mass producing and testing quantum computers on 300mm wafers, which represents a huge step towards making quantum computing more affordable. In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, Intel's Rich Uhlig reiterated this point, claiming that the chip company is focusing on technology to make commercial products rather than trying to build demonstrators with big numbers.

    At Intel, we’re focused on developing a commercially viable quantum computer, which will require more than the qubits themselves. We have successfully manufactured a 49-qubit superconducting chip, which allows us to begin integrating the quantum processing unit (the QPU) into a system where we can build all of the components that will be required to make the qubits work together in tandem to improve efficiency and scalability. Instead of focusing on the hype of qubit count, we are working to create a viable quantum system that will scale from 50 qubits to the millions of qubits that will be required for a commercial system.
     
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  2. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    If anyone could explain to me in laymans terms what type of computing problems quantum computers solve, I'd really appreciate it.

    I've previously been told they are not a faster CPU but they do different types of calculations. OK. So what do they do that traditional CPU's don't? Are there any potential consumer applications? Are we all going to have Quantum CPU's in our desktops in a few years time? Will they replace our traditional CPU's or supplement them?

    I've heard it explained like this before: If it were easy to understand and boil it down to layman's terms, it wouldn't be Quantum computing, but Jesus Christ, someone please try. :p
     
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    Great. So not only will future sub 10nm desktop processors from Intel include a GPU we don't want, they'll include a QPU that we don't know how to use while using it while not using it we know how to. And [H] will be filled with questions about overclocking superposition on air, water or anti-matter. And many will claim the QPU overclocks way higher if it's not observed. HWiNFO will be updated to include a QPU section that can't be seen.
     
  4. Uvaman2

    Uvaman2 2[H]4U

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    Its bullshit.
     
  5. Patton187

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    Nice summary:)
     
  6. nomu

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_supremacy

    The lower limit of the resources required scales more slowly with quantum computers than with classical computers, putting solutions for some classes of problems possibly within reach. I couldn't tell you specifically what phenomenon of quantum information is leveraged to get an advantage over classical information (I know nothing of quantum systems) but the basic idea is that you operate on your data using transitions between quantum states, and that affords different methods than operating on data using classical logic gates.
     
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    Intel leaks information in this dimension, do you really trust them in the quantum realm
     
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    http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/The_Limits_of_Quantum_Computers.pdf

    This one helps a lot.
    I do however think this technology is at least 100 years away.
     
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    mikeo Limp Gawd

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    Reminds me of one of these. There might be one thing it is really good at, but useless and impractical for everything else.
     

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