D-Wave processors on a wafer (Photo: D-Wave)

Harvard researchers fold proteins with D-Wave quantum computer

By Jason Falconer

December 27, 2012

Many were skeptical when, back in 2007, Canadian company D-Wave announced that it had built the world’s first commercially viable quantum computer. Now a study published in the August issue of Nature’s Scientific Reports co-authored by D-Wave and Harvard researchers proves the D-Wave One is the real deal.

“The D-Wave computer found the ground-state conformation of six-amino acid lattice protein models. This is the first time a quantum device has been used to tackle optimization problems related to the natural sciences,” said Harvard professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, the lead author of the paper.

Read more: Harvard researchers fold proteins with D-Wave quantum computer — gizmag.

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