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candidates for drugs and vaccines from 10,000
compounds to a few dozen. The work can be
done " in the computer before the petri dish, "
says Finke. Although using computers instead
of conducting a lab experiment to further drug
development - called " in-silico " drug discovery
- is already a fairly common practice, quantum
computing will accelerate that process.
Semiconductor development. Developers and
manufacturers of semiconductors will also
benefit from the advantage quantum computers
have in dealing with complexity. " Quantum
computing will help us understand the materials
that we hope to put in the next generation of
microprocessors, " says Jim Clarke, Director
of the Quantum Hardware Research group at
Intel. " It is easier and much less expensive to
simulate a material and see how it works than
to actually make it. But there are limitations in
how well we can model these materials-at some
point they just get too complex, " he explains.
Quantum computing would deliver faster and
more accurate simulations. It also could lead to
the discovery and development of new materials
that would provide breakthroughs in such areas
as energy storage.
Industrial chemistry. " In the space of materials
discovery, quantum computing is going to be
critical. That's not a 'might' or 'could be.' It
is going to be the way people do molecular
discovery, " says Honeywell's Towler.
Take, for example, a refrigerant Honeywell
produces used in automotive air conditioning,
supermarkets refrigeration, and homes. When
it was found that the chlorinated molecules
in refrigerants such as chlorofluorocarbon
(CFC) were causing the hole in the ozone layer,
they were replaced by hydrofluorocarbon
(HFC), which then tuned out to be a very
potent greenhouse gas. Honeywell found a
suitable replacement for the refrigerant used
in automotive air conditioning, but is searching
for similar solutions for other refrigeration
applications. It is extremely costly to synthesize
in the lab molecules that will prove to have no
effect on the ozone layer or global warming and
will not be toxic or flammable. Current computer
simulation can replace much of the lab work,
" but you want to have computer models that will
screen things out in order to identify leads much
faster, " Towler says.
This is where the speed of a quantum computer
will make a difference. It will enable the synthesis
of simple molecules that are used to remove
CO2 from processes prevalent in the oil and gas
industry. " These are relatively simple
molecules, with 10 to 20
atoms, amenable to
being modeled
with [today's
early]
Quantum computers
replace the sequential
manner in which
today's computers
consider one set of
variables after another
by simultaneously
running all possible
options, thus
narrowing down the
range of possible
answers very quickly.
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