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Keynote Speech: Quantum Physics and the Nature of Computation

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Umesh Vazirani ; University of California Berkeley

Quantum physics is a fascinating area from a computational viewpoint. The features that make quantum systems prohibitively hard to simulate classically are precisely the aspects exploited by quantum computation to obtain exponential speedups over classical computers. In this talk I will survey our current understanding of the power (and limits) of quantum computers, and prospects for experimentally realizing them in the near future. I will also touch upon insights from quantum comuptation that have resulted in new classical algorithms for efficient simulation of certain important quantum systems.

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2007 IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium

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26-30 March 2007