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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