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Quantum Computing - Cue the yawning cats.

Post by Horse Feathers » June 9th 2014, 10:15pm

... a temperature 150 times colder than deep space.


Sorry Conj, this is NOT a reference to Ms. Boyle's vagina

There was a very interesting article in the May issue of Wired regarding Quantum Computing.
http://www.wired.com/2014/05/quantum-computing/

Skim over the article and look at the drawings, am sure that those here fasciated by watch movements will appreciate the engineering here. This isn't science fiction, most of us have cell phones that are faster than our first PC's.

If you have never heard of the term here is a brief explanation that will help you understand the article better.

All current computers use silicon transistors. These traditional or classic computer store, process and send all information in the form of bits, which can have a values of 1 or 0. Basically a toggle switch on or off. In 1965 Gordon E. Moore (who in 1969 became a co-founder of Intel Corporation) wrote in a whitepaper his observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every 18 months There has been minor variations to Moore's law but fro something written in 1965 it is still astounding. If this rate continues at some point between 2020 or 2030 will find the circuits on a microprocessor measured on an atomic scale.

A quantum computer is controlled by the laws of quantum physics where at the nano- and atomic level, other rules prevail. Instead of bits we have a qubit (quantum bit) that can have any value between 1 and 0. A spin-based qubit leverages the fact that electrons and atomic nuclei rotate around their own axes ( hence the spin). These blow binary logic out of the water as they can rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise (equivalent to 1 and 0),in both directions simultaneously (a mix of 1 and 0). Totally unfucking possible in the traditional/"classic" world.

A few years ago a company called D-Wave announced that they are close to blowing away Moore's law and the timeframe projection (2020-2030) and already have delivered system to Google and Lockheed

http://www.dwavesys.com/quantum-computing.

The wired article above questions the whether the D-Wave box is a true quantum computer (true qubits) or a very quick "classic" one (bits) and the tests (specific algorithms, signature processing curves,etc) that will demonstrate this.


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A. Deep Freezer A massive refrigeration system uses liquid helium to cool the D-Wave chip to 20 millikelvin—or 150 times colder than interstellar space.

B. Heat Exhaust Gold-plated copper disks draw heat up and away from the chip to keep vibration and other energy from disturbing the quantum state of the processor.

C. Niobium Loops A grid of hundreds of tiny niobium loops serve as the quantum bits, or qubits, the heart of the processor. When cooled, they exhibit quantum-mechanical behavior.

D. Noise Shields The 190-plus wires that connect the components of the chip are wrapped in metal to shield against magnetic fields. Just one channel transmits information to the outside world—an optical fiber cable.
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Post by ocean » June 10th 2014, 11:53am

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You can't call this barely legal anymore, it said so in the court documents. . :johnny:
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Post by Horse Feathers » June 12th 2014, 10:06pm

Fuck yeah !

Just found out that I will get to see a D-Wave Two in action sometime in the July/August time-frame.

Will have to bring a big ass flash drive with me to download all the "ladies with big tits" ;)

Nucking Futs

http://www.dwavesys.com/d-wave-two-system
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Post by 3Flushes » June 12th 2014, 10:35pm

Horse Feathers wrote:Fuck yeah !

Just found out that I will get to see a D-Wave Two in action sometime in the July/August time-frame.

Will have to bring a big ass flash drive with me to download all the "ladies with big tits" ;)

Nucking Futs

http://www.dwavesys.com/d-wave-two-system

Fuck that thing! In two years they'll have one that will fit on my desk for $500.00.

Hope you can take some pics.
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Post by biglove » June 12th 2014, 10:36pm

Horse Feathers wrote:Fuck yeah !

Just found out that I will get to see a D-Wave Two in action sometime in the July/August time-frame.

Will have to bring a big ass flash drive with me to download all the "ladies with big tits" ;)

Nucking Futs

http://www.dwavesys.com/d-wave-two-system


That is awesome!

Can't wait to read your impressions.

Hell, I would just be thrilled to ogle one of Goggle's server farms. When "Wired" ran a story about them a few years back, complete with pics, I was all engrossed in the details.
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Post by Horse Feathers » June 13th 2014, 12:42am

3Flushes wrote:
Hope you can take some pics.


Unfortunately no. Generally these types of facilities have a strict policy that anything with a camera (cell phone, laptop, tablet, etc.) stays at the guard station. I had to review and sign a twenty page confidentiality doc as well.

biglove wrote:
That is awesome!

Can't wait to read your impressions.

Hell, I would just be thrilled to ogle one of Goggle's server farms. When "Wired" ran a story about them a few years back, complete with pics, I was all engrossed in the details.


Have had the opportunity to visit Google's facilities a few times. Very cool offices, what you would expect. The DC was nothing special. Amazon on the other hand, truly amazing stuff especially security (As an example diesel fuel for the backup generators is not delivered directly. It is delivered to a guarded area a few miles away, weighed, inspected and quarantined for 30 days, then delivered by their own trucks to the holding tanks).

The Verizon Terremark facility in Miami was equally impressive (NAP of the Americas).
http://www.terremark.com/data-centers/n ... -americas/
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-21178983
We have a small (for that facility) colocation there to support our Latin America users/clients.

The players that you would expect to be interesting on-site (Apple, HP/Compaq, SUN. etc) generally are no longer that way since the manufacturing left.

For true state of the art computing you need to visit a Pharmaceutical companies research center . End user computing in even the largest companies consists of dry/sterile rows of generic devices (Amazon at least builds their own). These research sites have supercomputers or massive clusters. I visited a site in Princeton NJ that had the traditional supercomputers (Cray, Fujitsu, IBM) and clusters made up of racks and racks of Mac Mini's. Cheap, easy to swap and in parallel amazingly powerful.
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Post by Horse Feathers » June 13th 2014, 8:09am

jason_recliner wrote:
Horse Feathers wrote:Fuck yeah !

Just found out that I will get to see a D-Wave Two in action sometime in the July/August time-frame


Does it come with Alex Kidd in Miracle World installed?


Would be funny to arrive and find two guys in white lab coats playing Pong.
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Post by bbattle » April 10th 2022, 11:54am

The Bitcoin miners have truly huge server farms that consume massive amounts of electricity; both to run the computers and to keep them cool. Towns in Asia have suffered brownouts and such due to these Bitcoiners. And the hardcore gamers complain because the bitcoin miners buy up all the high end video cards.

I have 3D printed metal parts that I get x-rayed (CT scan) so I can see the insides. They've got software that can show me the part from any angle, any slice; just like an MRI scan. The computer that does the heavy lifting is a brute; I think it has a 1Kw power supply.
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