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Quantum Simulator Yields Strange Light Forms

Sep 16, 2014 |

Scientists have already established that sometimes light behaves like a wave and other times like a particle, but a team of Princeton University researchers has uncovered a new behavior. According to a research brief, the team locked together photons, the basic element of light, so that they are fixed in place, creating in essence solid Read more…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

Scientists Devise Photon-based Router

Jul 16, 2014 |

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute say they have developed the world’s first photonic router, an important advance towards building a full-on quantum computer. The router is a quantum device based on a single atom that can switch between two states. The single atom is coupled to a fiber-coupled, chip-based microresonator. The state is flipped by Read more…

Quantum Processor Hits 99.9 Percent Reliability Target

Apr 25, 2014 |

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) have taken a huge leap forward towards what they refer to as a “fully functional quantum computer” – long-considered the holy grail of both physics and computing. The five cross-shaped elements are the Xmon variant, so named by the team, of the transmon qubit placed in a linear array. A Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

Apr 11, 2014 |

Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT researchers and the other from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Their work concerns the fundamental building blocks that Read more…

Manipulating Quantum Bits for Cybersecurity

Feb 18, 2014 |

Quantum computing holds the promise of improving cyber security infrastructure.  Security algorithms such as those used in online banking require basic primitive operations such as factoring numbers. To improve security, larger numbers must be used resulting in a substantial increase in computational requirements. Duncan Steel, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, and Biophysics Read more…

Big Leap Forward for Integrated Quantum Computer

Feb 5, 2014 |

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Thompson from the University of Bristol have for the first time successfully generated and manipulated single photons on a silicon chip – putting them substantially closer to realizing their goal of building a quantum computer. The technique involved shrinking the key components so they could be Read more…

China Prepares for Quantum Age

Jan 24, 2014 |

Exascale isn’t the only international computing race currently underway. Around the world national interests are also scrambling to build quantum computers capable of making and breaking amazingly-complex codes. Take China for example. Already home to the most powerful supercomputer in the world, Tianhe-2, researchers in China have set their sites on the holy grail of Read more…

D-Wave Aims to Beat Any Classical Computer

Jan 23, 2014 |

For those of you following the D-Wave story, the designers of “the world’s first commercial quantum computer” have published a revealing blog entry detailing the company’s latest achievements. When Canadian startup D-Wave announced back in 2007 that it had developed a prototype quantum computing machine suitable for running commercial applications, the technical community paid attention, Read more…