University of Groningen and Julich Supercomputing Center (JSC) researchers recently broke the world record for running software that can simulate the largest quantum computer system with almost 300,000 processors. "Our software is optimized so that thousands of processors can work seamlessly together," says JSC professor Kristel Michielsen. With the new simulation methods, it will be possible to explore the phenomena and dynamics of quantum mechanical systems.
Though current laboratory prototypes have only reached 8 bits in size, simulations can be used to study the properties of larger systems. Simulations make it possible to test the impact of external influences on the sensitive quantum system and how to compensate for resulting errors.
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