Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Quantum Computing for CFD
Quantum computing is a brand new way of computing which, instead of the
classical bits, uses qubits and takes advantage of superposition and
entangled states to, in some cases, achieve algorithms that are exponentially
faster than classical counterparts. A relatively recent breakthrough by
Prof. Seth Lloyd and co-workers at MIT is related to solving linear systems
of algebraic equations of the type Ax=b which is the backbone of many
numerical algorithms for solving ODEs and PDEs, and hence CFD, problems.
We are utilizing, implementing, and extending this algorithm in several
ways to bridge the considerable gap between quantum computing algorithms
and CFD. Don't expect to see any contour plots showing flowfields etc.
but you can read about some of the early work
here set to appear in the
journal Molecular Phys.
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