University of Bristol researchers have brought quantum computing to the cloud, enabling anyone with a Web browser to be able to log in and run basic algorithms on a quantum-based Internet system.
The Bristol researchers were concerned that limited availability to any type of quantum computer would mean a lack of skilled coders when the expected quantum revolution finally arrives. "A quantum computer can do things faster for you, but someone has to program it, and at the moment there are only a handful of people around the world who would be qualified," says Bristol's Jeremy O'Brien.
Aspiring quantum coders can use an online simulator that lets them practice programming, while a tutorial explains the key quantum-mechanical ideas that are central to the device. Once users are experienced enough, they can ask for permission to use the real quantum chip.
"If quantum computing does become a practical technology, there will be a relatively small number of quantum computers, which people will access remotely," says Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Scott Aaronson.
From New Scientist
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