Jack Ma aims to cre­ate a su­per­fast com­puter

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Jack Ma, the founder and chair­man of Alibaba Group, is in­vest­ing 150 mil­lion yuan on de­vel­op­ing a pro­to­type quan­tum com­puter.

First pro­posed by physi­cist Richard Feyn­man in 1982, the idea of a quan­tum com­puter is to use cer­tain phe­nom­ena from quan­tum me­chan­ics to per­form oper­a­tions on data.

If suc­cess­ful, large- scale quan­tum com­put­ers would be ca­pa­ble of cal­cu­la­tions at speeds im­pos­si­ble for tra­di­tional ones.

For ex­am­ple, if you take a mug shot of your­self and want to com­pare it with pic­tures of ev­ery per­son on the globe to see who looks like you, it is a mis­sion im­pos­si­ble for cur­rent com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy. A quan­tum com­puter will com­plete the task in 0.1 of a sec­ond.

Alibaba Group’s cloud com­put­ing sub­sidiary Aliyun is set­ting up a joint quan­tum-com­put­ing lab­o­ra­tory with the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences.

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