Technology and gaming content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,589 Reviews & Articles | 67,056 News Posts

Google and NASA team up to launch new Quantum supercomputer lab

NASA, Google and USRA team up to build new quantum computing lab

By Charles Gantt on May 16, 2013 at 01:30 pm CDT - 0 mins, 38 secs reading time

This morning, Google announced that it has teamed up with NASA and the Universities Space Research Association to launch a new quantum supercomputer lab. Google sees quantum computing as offering a lot of potential in the areas of speech recognition and web searching, while NASA will most likely use the machine to crunch astrophysical equations.

Google and NASA team up to launch new Quantum supercomputer lab | TweakTown.com

The team will be purchasing a D-Wave Two Quantum Computer with plans to house it in NASA research center in California. The D-Wave Two has a 512-qubit (that's quantum bit) processor and will offer more-than-zippy speeds at up to 11,000x faster than a standard Intel chip. "We believe quantum computing may help solve some of the most challenging computer science problems particularly in machine learning," said a post on Google's research blog.

Last updated: Nov 30, -0001 at 12:00 am CST

Charles Gantt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Charles Gantt

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

Related Tags