Germany launches Europe’s first quantum computer

Quantum computers can process complex information at a mind-boggling speed and should eventually vastly outperform the most powerful of today’s conventional computers.

Germany has become the first European country to have a quantum computer after installing the IBM-built Quantum System One at the Franhofer Institute in Stuttgart.

Sustainable transport and faster development of new materials are just some areas in which the institute says quantum computing can be deployed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel described it as “technological wonder” that has come at a crucial time for Germany as it aims to keep pace with China and the U.S. in this field.

Whereas a normal computer solves a complex maze by going down one path a time, a quantum computer can go down several pathways simultaneously. Not only can they perform complex calculations rapidly, but they store more data using less energy than traditional computers.

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