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Submission + - A look at quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave and its founder (nature.com)

tpjunkie writes: Many slashdot readers will remember D-wave's announcement in 2007 of its quantum computer, an announcement met with skepticism and a good amount of scorn. However, today the company has sold quantum computers to such companies as Lockheed Martin and Google, and their computers have gone from a handful of qubits to 512 in their most recent offerings. Nature has a story including an interview with the company's founder Geordi Rose, and a look at where the company is headed and some of the difficulties it has overcome.

Comment Re:Supercomputers are pretty useless (Score 1) 125

Our aircraft carriers are longer then yours! On a more serious note the largest calculation that I can find (in terms of # of cores utilized) was a fluid dynamics calculation with a million cores on Sequoia. From my own experience we usually utilize 4-100 cores for throughput over the speed of a single job- if it takes a month to do then so be it.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.