The quantum computer can perform calculations 10 to 100 times faster than what the first electronic digital computer, ENIAC, would have been capable of doing.
A team of scientists from China has claimed that they have built the world's first quantum computing machine, which is incredibly faster than the early generation of classical, or conventional, computers. The newly developed quantum computer is said to be 24,000 times faster than its international counterparts, and is expected to outperform the processing power of the existing supercomputers.
The machine, which was built by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China at Hefei in Anhui province, was part of efforts to underline the future use of quantum computing. While normal supercomputers find it difficult to predict the behaviour of photons because of their unpredictability, the new quantum computer can easily predict the complex movement and behaviour of these subatomic particles.
According to Pan Jianwei, the lead scientist on the project, the Hefei machine can perform calculations 10 to 100 times faster than what the first electronic digital computer ENIAC, developed in the 1940s, would have been capable of doing. Although the machine currently is of no practical use, it does highlight the future prospects of quantum computing, researchers said.