The researchers at the IBM Q lab have been busy these past few years; back in May 2017 they revealed a quantum computing platform with a 17 qubit processor, in the same year they had already topped that by a huge margin withan operational 50 qubit prototype processor, as well as a 20 qubit quantum system that has been made available to its clients as a cloud service.
Now, the expansion of its quantum computing efforts to Africa in a new collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University).
Of course, the purpose of this technology isn’t to improve classical consumer computers; quantum computers are designed to run calculations or specific types of programs, such as algorithms designed to break encryption, at speeds unattainable by a standard desktop machine. Instead users connect with these advanced machines using their regular computers, such as through IBM’s cloud systems, to perform their calculations.
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