Now, physicists at the University of Innsbruck have built a prototype of a new quantum computer with processing power of 24 qubits, which can be used in industry. This compact computer fits into two 19-inch server racks, or only 1.7 cubic metres.
Users hope for considerable increases in speed from quantum computers in comparison to the most powerful conventional computers. For example, critical security infrastructures can be stabilised, better algorithms for industrial production can be developed and battery and fuel cells can be more effectively modelled. The computing power of the quantum computer could lead to a device with processing power of up to 50 qubits.
The approach taken by the team in Innsbruck aimed at developed hardware which is compatible to industry standards and only required minimal maintenance costs. The scientists achieved this on the basis of modularisation and replaceable parts, similar to conventional server systems.
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