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Scientists at Linköping University have created a simulation of quantum computing that can be used on a traditional computer. The simulation, they say, shows how a quantum computer will really work.

The research team believes their work will help to progress quantum computing — a field of supercomputing that utilizes quantum-mechanical phenomena such as entanglement and superposition to perform computation.

Redefining supercomputers

The quantum computer is set to become a reality – a billion-dollar research effort in Sweden is aiming to release one within the next ten years. The EU has also designated quantum technology as one of its flagship projects.

It is expected that the technology will become incredibly important in simulations of biological, chemical, and physical systems that are too complex for even the most powerful supercomputers of today.

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