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Software for Realistic Simulations of Quantum Systems – Professor Hans De Raedt, University of Groningen

Apr 25, 2018engineering and tech, physical sciences

The potential capabilities of universal quantum computers have many of us excited, but there’s one problem – we aren’t close to building complex, functional quantum computers just yet. In the meantime, scientists need to test the capabilities of quantum computing using simulations on conventional computers, which requires enormous amounts of computing power. However, over the last decade, Professor Hans De Raedt at the University of Groningen and his collaborators have been working on a piece of software that has already greatly improved these simulations.

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