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Quantum computing holds promise

Partnership between NASA, Google, USRA, and the D-Wave Two quantum computer. Video courtesy Google.

Shortly after the May announcement that NASA had teamed up with Google to build a quantum computer, the University of Southern California, US, put the first so-called quantum processor through its paces.

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, US, houses the 512 qubit D-Wave Two machine. The supercomputer is available to researchers from around the globe, and the Universities Space Research Association invites teams of scientists and engineers to share time.

Researchers worldwide may be able to close in on key developments in the lifecycles of systems they’re researching such as energy, healthcare, transportation, or climate domains.

Look inside the lab and the D-Wave Two (beginning at 2:02).


- Amber Harmon

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