Title: DSRP Seminar - A gentle introduction to quantum computing
Date: Wednesday, 28 October
Time: 12:00 (noon)
Venue: Zoom, via this link
Speaker: Dr John Abela
Quantum computing is an area of study that focuses on the development of computing devices that are based on the principles of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is a theory that attempts to explain the nature and behaviour of energy and matter on the microscopic (atomic and subatomic) level.
Quantum computers use a combination of Qubits (Quantum bits), and the quantum phenomena superposition and entanglement, to perform specific computational tasks. All this at a much higher efficiency than their classical counterparts. Quantum computers are not super-Turing powerful but they provide an exponential speed-up for certain NP-Hard problems and for specific use cases. Development of quantum computers is progressing at a fast pace with billions of dollars being poured into research and development. Quantum computing has important implications for areas such a cryptography and will completely revolutionise drug discovery and design. In the talk we will introduce the basic ideas of quantum mechanics and then give a brief overview of how quantum computers work.
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