The world’s first room-temperature quantum computer brings the future a step closer.

Interested in Quantum Computing (QC)?  You’re not alone. There is much talk about Quantum Computing heralding the new future of computing technology.

The future is a step closer than you think.

An Australian company, Quantum Brilliance, has recently announced the unveiling of the world’s first room-temperature quantum computer.

Sure, it is only 5 qubits*, which is tiny compared to the 64 qubits that IBM has developed,  BUT Quantum Brilliance’s QC is perhaps more significant.

Why?

Because it runs at room temperature.  Quantum Brilliance’s goal is build their QC as a GPU-style system that can be plugged into your computer.

Typically quantum computers have to be cold.  Really cold.  IBM had to build a “super fridge” (think super computer, but for super refrigeration), to increase the number of qubits they can run.  The IBM super fridge can cool to 15 milli-kelvins or -273.135 celsius or -459 Fahrenheit.  That is colder than space and just above the absolute 0 temperature (which is where atoms stop moving).

For a little perspective… beer freezes at 275.15K or -2C or 35.6F. (Mmmmmm beer).

But I digress…….

The shift to room temperature is enormous.  This means that the QC can exist in data centres right alongside normal everyday run of the mill computers.  They will be cheaper to build, own and run.  They will be accessible.

Imagine having your very own quantum computer plugged into your PC. 

The ultimate pimped PC.

That’s a future to really get excited about. A future that makes quantum technology an everyday possibility.

* A qubit is a “quantum bit” the fundamental building block of the quantum computer.  Inside a computer, you use bits (1 or 0) to represent data.  Typically, the characters and letters I use to write this article take 8 bits per character.  A number such as pi 3.14159265359 uses 64 bits to represent it.

By Stuart Midgley

Stuart Midgley is DUG's CIO and self-confessed "mad scientist". He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and is a world expert in high-performance computing. Stuart designed and developed the DUG Cool system of immersive cooling technology and was instrumental in the construction of DUG's world-class greenest data centres on earth. He's just as handy behind a BBQ. After all, he owns 17 of them.

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