A computer as we know it today will become obsolete in the near future. A number of researches and organizations are working on developing a so called “quantum computer” that will be orders of magnitude faster than today’s fastest supercomputer. Qubitekk’s goal is to provide hardware components that will be needed in this new world of Quantum Computing.
One important component needed for Quantum Computing is the
On-Demand Single Photon Source:
An On-Demand Single Photon Source allows optical qubits to be generated “on-demand” for use in quantum computing and other quantum R&D experiments. These on-demand photons eliminate the probabilistic nature of photon arrival time that currently limits optical quantum computing efficiencies, quantum memory reliability, and the efficiency of teleportation schemes. When combined with Qubitekk’s QKD technology, a network for transferring quantum states over large distances becomes possible and is expected to be a critical tool for emerging distributed, quantum computing architectures.
How does a quantum computer work?
To understand a quantum computer, we first need to understand a classical computer. Classical computers utilize bits that can have a value of either 0 or 1. By stringing bits together, larger numbers can be represented (similar to how humans combine the numbers 0 through 9 to represent bigger numbers, i.e. 907). In a classical computer, an 8-bit data string might be used to represent any number between 0 and 255. Simple binary gates then act on the individual bits to perform very simple operation (like flipping a bit’s value, i.e. turning a 0 into a 1, and vice versa). By combining many simple binary gates together, complex mathematical operations (such as multiplication, division, etc.) can be realized.
A gate-based quantum computer has a very similar architecture to a classical computer. There are quantum bits – or qubits – that are prepared and can represent the values 0 and 1. There are quantum gates that perform very simple operations on these qubits (such as flipping their value). By combining many quantum gates, complex operations can then be realized… such as factoring, sorting, and optimizing.
However, unlike a classical computer, a qubit can exist with a value of both 0 and 1 simultaneously. This is one of the unique and strange properties of quantum particles. By stringing qubits together (each with a simultaneous value of 0 and 1), many larger numbers can then be simultaneously represented. For example, an 8-qubit string will represent ALL the numbers between 0 and 255, SIMULTANEOUSLY. The quantum gates that then operate on the 8-qubit string will, likewise, be operating on all possible numbers between 0 and 255 simultaneously. In this way, a speedup of 256 times can be realized for certain problems. For larger bit strings, the speedup can be even greater making quantum computers potentially billions of times faster than classical computers.
Why do we need faster computers?
There are many problems that would take billions of years to solve on even our fastest classical supercomputers. Unfortunately, solving these problems is critical to major breakthroughs in medicine, chemistry, biology, and a host of other fields. For example, solving cancer and a range of other diseases associated with cell dysfunction requires that we understand how protein molecules fold into different shapes. This “protein folding” problem is unsolvable with today’s computers. However, this is exactly the kind of problem that a quantum computer would be able to solve quickly. This new computing capability is a critical tool in allowing researchers to fully understand and, ultimately, find a cure for diseases such as cancer.
Built by Qubitekk in 2014: The First Commercial Entanglement Source for Quantum Computing Technology: