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Quantum Simulation Algorithm Could Lead to Simulation of Real-World Problems

By IQT News posted 04 Jun 2019

(CreditDigital.org) Griffith University researchers in collaboration with Assistant Professor Mile Gu from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have pioneered the development of a prototype quantum simulation algorithm. This prototype is the first to demonstrate that quantum simulation has a memory advantage over conventional silicon-based computing in simulating processes with a number of possible outcomes over several steps.
Farzad Ghafari, a PhD student at Griffith University, the prototype uses quantum superposition, most famously described in terms of Schrödinger’s cat. “Using this feature, the quantum simulator contains all of the future possibilities of a specific process at the same time,” Ghafari says.
The ability to predict the future using superposition could lead to more efficient quantum simulations of real-world problems including traffic congestion and weather prediction.

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