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Intel Invests $50 Million Into Quantum Computing

Posted September 15, 2015 10:09 AM by Bayes

It seems like Quantum Computing is starting to attract corporate investment. A year ago Google announced an expansion of their Quantum Computing efforts.

Google Leaps Into Quantum Computing

Now Intel is getting into the game, committing $50 million and engineering resources in a 10 year partnership with Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organization for Applied Research.

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DELFT, Netherlands, Sept. 3, 2015 - Today Intel Corporation announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. To achieve this goal, Intel will invest US$50 million and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support. Quantum computing holds the promise of solving complex problems that are practically insurmountable today, including intricate simulations such as large-scale financial analysis and more effective drug development. Quantum computing is an area of research that Intel has been exploring because it has the potential to augment the capabilities of tomorrow's high performance computers.

"A fully functioning quantum computer is at least a dozen years away, but the practical and theoretical research efforts we're announcing today mark an important milestone in the journey to bring it closer to reality," said Mike Mayberry, Intel vice president and managing director of Intel Labs. Intel's goal is to extend the university's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise.It believes no one company or organization will succeed alone in unlocking the path to advanced quantum computing. Instead, partnerships - such as this one between Intel and the QuTech institute in Delft - and industry collaboration will help realize the promise of such a technically complex issue.

"Expertise in specialized electronics combined with advanced physics is required to move quantum computing closer to being a reality," said Mayberry. "While qubit development has been the focus of quantum computing research to date, low-temperature electronics will be required to connect, control and measure multiple qubits, and this is where we can contribute. Our collaboration with QuTech will explore quantum computing breakthroughs that could influence the industry overall."

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09/15/2015 10:35 AM

They say that quantum computers will render existing encryption unusable. And the race is on to the edge of the cliff!

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09/15/2015 7:09 PM

Yes, but quantum computing will allow for other types of encryption that will be unbreakable.

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09/16/2015 6:55 AM

The transition should be interesting, to say the least...

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09/16/2015 12:03 PM

Well, data doesn't seem to be very safe to begin with.

Anything connected to the internet in any way is high risk.

The biggest factor that keeps you safe is the number of users.

It's like lemmings into the sea. The more of them, the better your odds that someone else will be dinner.

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09/17/2015 4:45 PM

Yes, I steer clear of the cloud. If they want to steal my stuff, they'll have to get it off my computer. I don't deliver.

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09/24/2015 3:40 AM

It has begun

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09/18/2015 1:42 PM

The transition will not happen over night..... If I was allowed a guess, it would be similar to the DOS to a windows platform environment.

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09/16/2015 4:16 PM

Is your title correct? It say IBM, but the article says Intel for the $50 million. Both?

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09/21/2015 11:23 AM

Thanks, totally messed that up somehow!

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09/21/2015 11:54 AM

No problem, Roger. Quantum computers sound really scarry. If the crooks get hold of them first, all of our identities (and more) could be stolen. Kind of like who got the A-bomb in WW2.

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09/21/2015 1:12 PM

To be honest, I don't know what their capabilities will be at cracking passwords and such. Quantum computers will start out very small at first. Even once they are large they will have their limitations. They will however open up a class of materials research beyond what traditional computers can do. Let's hope it's more nuclear power than A-bomb!

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