A quantum computer would be able to store more bits of information in its memory than there are particles in the universe.
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Quantum Computer to Log Onto Quantum Internet

FEB 22, 2013 09:32 AM ET // BY JESSE EMSPAK

When it comes to data crunching, quantum computers will leave today’s fastest processors in the dust.

For starters, a quantum computer would be able to store more bits of information in its memory than there are particles in the universe. And where a conventional silicon-based computer handles one computation at a time in sequence, a quantum computer would work on millions at once.

That kind of staggering power would give a single quantum computer the ability to simulate a whole world in a holographic environment, replicate biological systems to understand diseases and find cures, solve the loads of equations necessary to create extremely accurate weather forecasting and simulate how subatomic particles interact, showing fundamentally how everything in the universe works.

Several quantum computers linked together would make a quantum Internet so powerful that search engines would respond to queries almost like a human being, answering questions immediately and in any language.

In recent months, different groups of scientists and engineers have made important strides toward this amazing new world. They have built machines that can store quantum particles, control them, observe them and send them over fiber-optic cables.

For people in the field, it’s an exciting time. “We’re gradually removing the stumbling blocks,” said Bill Munro, a research scientist at Japanese phone giant NTT, who has done extensive research into quantum computing. “We’ve shown with the initial experiments that (quantum computing) can work.”

Read more: Quantum Computer to Log Onto Quantum Internet : Discovery News.

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