(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at D-Wave Systems have carried out a calculation involving 84 qubits on an experimental quantum computer, giving some credence to the plausibility of true quantum computers being created that could vastly surpass the abilities of all those that currently rely on existing technology. Such computers would differ from traditional computers in that they would make use of quantum mechanical phenomena to perform operations on data, rather than simple binary transactions. To that end, a quantum computer would use quantum bits (qubits) rather than binary digits (bits). The team has published their results on the preprint server, arXiv.
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