Is That Quantum Computer for Real?

by Rachel Baker on August 24, 2013

Early this year, there were reports that a quantum computation device had outperformed regular computers. As you can imagine, this caused a great deal of excitement in the Tech communities. has an article that was reprinted from Quanta Magazine about what’s been going on since the initial report in regards to a final test to be sure of the results.

Over the following weeks, however, a vigorous controversy surfaced among quantum computation researchers. Experts argued over whether the device, created by D-Wave Systems, in Burnaby, British Columbia, really offers the claimed speedups, whether it works the way the company thinks it does, and even whether it is really harnessing the counterintuitive weirdness of quantum physics, which governs the world of elementary particles such as electrons and photons.

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