Welcome To The Quantum Machine

The Dawn Of Quantum Computing

There are great news for those of you who’ve heard about quantum computers and quantum computations. Finally, thanks to IBM Quantum Experience site it is possible to run experiments on a real 5 qubits Quantum Processor connecting to it via IBM Cloud interface! Isn’t this sound great?  It is an advancement in computing that is equal in its importance to the transition from mechanical to digital computers and it can be hardly overestimated. I recommend to read this IBM’s article that explains the endeavor before proceeding any further.

What Is It All About?

IBM Quantum Experience is aimed to bring hands-on skills in programming quantum processor. This is not a simple task taking into consideration that Quantum Computations far complex to grasp in comparison to classical computations and requires understanding of quantum physics and linear algebra. But it can be done with effort and dedication. In addition, there is a need in motivation and curiosity.

Prerequisites

If you have no prior knowledge of quantum computations you’d better learn a little bit at this link at IBM Quantum Computing site. In addition to this, to jump deep into experimenting with quantum algorithm there is a need to revive or acquire skills in Linear Algebra (this one is at Khan Academy) and quantum physics fundamentals concepts. Preferably, it is better to have a BSc degree in physics, engineering, mathematics etc.

How To Apply?

The application is straightforward. There is a need to register at the site. Then confirm the registration. Log in and compose your first quantum algorithm. One who has no previous knowledge in quantum computation is advised to go through very detailed guide at the site.

What Can Be Implemented On This Processor?

Well, this is exactly the question that I am asking myself right now too. I’ve found that it is possible to implement Deutsch–Jozsa algorithm and to see how it works for real. Following articles may help to understand how to do it.

What Else May Help?

There are additional resources that may come in handy tackling this topic.

Parting words

And so it begins…

 

MagLev Is Like Magic!

It’s a kind of magic

If you haven’t heard yet about Magnetic Levitation then check out the video of my final project for a BSc. in Electronics back in 2011 that did just that.

There are a number of types of magnetic levitation and you may find a lot of peculiar videos about it on YouTube. In addition, don’t miss this MagLev World Record video.

How does it work?

Specifically in my own project the maglev was implemented using digital controller that controlled the magnitude of current flowing in the electromagnet as a function of distance of a floating object from electromagnet steel core. A Hall effect sensor, actually, two of them were placed at opposite sides of electromagnet core and provided the readings of the magnetic field surrounding the electromagnet.

With a help from my friends

I’d like to thank once again Mr. Arie Shnaiderman an outstanding control engineer at ReWork company who helped me make this instrument a real thing.

 

 

 

Gravitational Waves Discovered

And so it begins …

This post is a  very special one due to the fact that on 2/11/2016 it was announced that long ago predicted from General Relativity Theory gravitational waves were detected by

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory  (LIGO) in USA.

This is the most exciting discovery of the 21st century so far and its consequences are hard to predict. What is for sure that now we have a mean to probe what happens in the places such as where black holes collide.

I congratulate all of humankind with this achievement that is a great example of science teams collaboration around the world that is a way to go.

Resources you won’t want miss

  1. An interview with the Kip Thorne the genius behind the machines that made it a reality.
  2. Video from Washington’s National Science Foundation press-conference were this announcement was made.