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Submission + - Quantum PC to run 18 billion, billion times faster

NoGuffCheck writes: ARNnet has the story, Get your PC to run 18 billion, billion times faster. From the article "According to a University of Utah physicist, he has taken the first step toward creating a quantum computer that would make that possible. The increase relies on a quantum bit (qubit) being both a binary one and a binary zero at the same time but in different places. In quantum (sub-atomic) physics the smallest particles of light and matter can be in different places at the same time."...."Theoretically, a 3-qubit quantum computer could calculate eight times faster than a 3-bit PC. Following the maths, a 64-qubit quantum computer could therefore make calculations 2 to the power 64 times faster than a 64-bit PC — meaning 18 billion, billion times quicker."

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354