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Quantum Computers 3

Quantum Computers 3

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Published by: pavan96 on Mar 01, 2011
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A quantum computer, if built, will be to an ordinary computeras a hydrogen bomb is to gunpowder, at least for some types of computations. Today no quantum computer exists, beyondlaboratory prototypes capable of solving only tiny problems, andmany practical problems remain to be solved.
Yet the theory of quantum computing has advancedsignificantly in the past decade, and is becoming a significantdiscipline in itself. This explains the concepts and basicmathematics behind quantum computers and some of thepromising approaches for building them.
The massive amount of processing power generated by computer manufacturers has not yet been able to quench our thirst for speed and computing capacity 
In 1947, American computer engineer Howard Aiken said that just six electronic digital computers would satisfy the computing needs of the United States. Others have made similar errant predictions about the amount of computing power that would support our growing technological needs.
Of course, Aiken didn't count on the large amounts of data generated by scientific research, the proliferation of personal computers or the emergence of the Internet, which have only fueled our need for more, more and more computing power.

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