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Europe’s fastest supercomputer is now connected to a quantum computer

A small quantum computer has been connected to Europe’s fastest supercomputer. This connection could help researchers work out how to best pair quantum computers together with powerful supercomputers to solve complex problems faster

Physics 6 December 2022

LUMI in Kajaani, Finland

LUMI in Kajaani, Finland

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A quantum computer has been connected to Europe’s fastest supercomputer. It may be a step towards a new type of computing that combines traditional and quantum computers to quickly solve complex problems.

The promise of quantum computers is that they will eventually complete calculations that are impossible for the most powerful conventional computers. Though many researchers are working on perfecting quantum computers, many are also suggesting that existing, imperfect quantum computers could be more useful if connected to traditional supercomputers.

They could be tasked with …