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Texas A&M physicist says stronger benchmarks needed to fully quantify quantum speedup
January 28, 2014
An NSF-funded researcher's work caught the attention of the global research community because of a study related to the D-Wave TwoTM commercial quantum computing device's documented failure to outperform traditional computers in head-to-head speed tests. However, he has provided a plausible explanation and reason not to dismiss the device.
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