New Pitt lab aims to move quantum computing
Way back in 2010, we introduced you to University of Pittsburgh physics and astronomy professor Jeremy Levy and his work to push computing boundaries.
Now, Levy and his team have a new home for their work at Pitt with a state-of-the-art, underground lab.
The university opened the lab this week, which will allow researchers to work in the isolated chambers they need. That means free from noise and radio frequencies.
“This space will provide unmatched isolation from vibrations, sound and electromagnetic disturbances,” Levy said in a written statement. “We need this kind of isolation for performing high-resolution imaging at ultralow temperatures and in high magnetic fields. We are hoping to create the foundation for future quantum computers using materials that we have developed in our old laboratory.”
The promise of quantum computers, which are still in the earliest of early development, is an exponentially faster computer than those we have today. It also would require dramatic shift in how we secure data because today’s encryption is based on the impossibility of regular computers to factor very large numbers into prime numbers.
As he told me back then, quantum computing represents a “game changer” for Internet communications.
Pittsburgh Business Times by Malia Spencer, Reporter
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 12:06pm EDT