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The next big barrier for supercomputing is punching through 100 petaflops peak performance, which frankly could be done in a heartbeat if someone had a few hundred millions dollars lying around. And now that Google and NASA are monkeying around with a quantum computer, thoughts are turning to how a QC might be deployed to …

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Holmes

"Quantum computing is easy if you leave the physics out of it"

> reading up on this quantum computing gobbledygook

You could do worse than check out:

PHYS771 - Quantum Computing Since Democritus, a course held by Scott Aaronson.

Apparently now out in book format, too.

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How do you rank them?

If quantum computers can be made practical, there will be call for the 'quantum top 500.' What would you measure the capability of a quantum computer in?

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Devil

Re: How do you rank them?

Real-time till a "highly probable correct" solution to a problem has been found?

This would also be a good criterium for classical computers. One would just increase the size of the problem linearly each year (in case of QM, exponentially...)

Suffer the little machines!

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Re: How do you rank them?

I propose a new unit of unquantifiable performance, the Wally:

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2012-04-17/

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