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’Are we there yet?’ Orienting the map to quantum computing

October 29, 2018 / Travis S. Humble

There is a lot of excitement about quantum computing these days. Quantum computing is a holistically new way to solve hard problems based on the principles of quantum physics. The theory has already shown the potential payoff from this new technology could be tremendous, by enabling new methods for drug discovery, material design, and artificial intelligence, just to name a few. For high-end computing, quantum computing has great promise to change how high-performance computers and data centers of the future look and operate. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are especially interested in the potential for quantum computing to enable scientific discoveries and innovation using new types of quantum-accelerated supercomputers.