quantum computer


: a computer that takes advantage of the quantum properties of qubits to perform certain types of calculation extremely quickly compared to conventional computers
quantum computing noun
A "geek at heart," Samet, 34, is fascinated by quantum computing, a still-emerging field that involves the behavior of subatomic particles in computing. Karen Breslau

Examples of quantum computer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Access to Kretschmer’s oracle would enable such algorithms to solve certain classical-input problems too hard for real quantum computers. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 3 June 2024 Liquid hydrogen and oxygen make precious rocket propellant, and helium-3 is a rare substance used to improve quantum computers. Martin Elvis, The Conversation, 30 May 2024 For one, this technology would integrate seamlessly with quantum computers that are also built upon superconducting technology. Anna Herr, IEEE Spectrum, 15 May 2024 Products on the chopping block include life-saving therapies and quantum computers. Andrei Iancu, Orange County Register, 1 Apr. 2024 Nor does there appear to be any way for a quantum computer to do it. Quanta Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 For instance, a quantum computer employing Shor's algorithm might potentially crack a 2048-bit RSA key within eight hours. Mike Housch, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 But a quantum computer would render the standard types of public-key cryptography useless. Kelsey Houston-Edwards, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 Its devices can be used to check for defects in electric vehicle batteries to prevent fires, or work in quantum computers. Eshe Nelson, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quantum computer was in 1982

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“Quantum computer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantum%20computer. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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