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Simulations Show Quantum Error Not As Bad As Believed 44

aarondubrow writes "Because quantum systems become unstable quickly, their error threshold is an important factor. How many bits can 'break' before the system stops working? An international team of researchers used the supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to simulate the error threshold of a topological quantum system and found a much higher threshold than had previously been reported."
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Simulations Show Quantum Error Not As Bad As Believed

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  • Re:Meh (Score:1, Funny)

    by gauntletguy ( 923413 ) on Thursday June 02, 2011 @06:27PM (#36325942)
    goatse trolls are getting better these days...
  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Thursday June 02, 2011 @08:55PM (#36326998)

    I had a Quantum hard drive fail about 2 months after the warranty expired. Fortunately you could still READ the data on it, you just couldn't write to it.
    This was in the days of SCSI hard drives and Amiga computers.

  • Both good and bad was the the error rate
    of the simulated Quantum state:
    A superposition the states did make
    having properties hard not to misstate.

    Thus, when the research groups did separate
    to further test the quantum error rate
    they each observed a quantum error state
    that they could not, in fact, equate!

    Indeed, the collapsed quantum state
    resulted in results so disparate,
    their virtual machines could not re-simulate
    these quantum effects they could not contemplate.

    As the scientists began to debate
    over a single quantum error rate
    Their tense and stressed emotional state
    caused some of them to scorn and berate,
    and sparked others to recriminate.

    (I would dare to speculate
    that they were even too irate
    to relate or even cogitate
    the average quantum error rate.)

    I hope they can remunerate
    the costs that we associate
    with researching the quantum error state,
    so their teams do not have to inflate
    the local unemployment rate!

    Alas, science has yet to negate,
    (or even circumnavigate)
    the risks that one begins to take
    by observing a Quantum error rate.

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