Re: Quantum Computers

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 29 Jan 1997 22:39:37 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 29 Jan 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> > [...]
> How will quantum computation help protein-folding simulations? Isn't
> that a fairly linear problem (i.e., not very suitable to parallelism)?

No, it is not. Imo, a cellular-automaton inspired simulation paradigm (no,
these CAs are not only useful for Brosslacher's toy hydrodynamics) is
extremely parallel. It would run great on a 3-torus of DSPs (6 links
ought suffice), even beter on dedicated yet-to-come hardware. Some of MIT
CAM-8 guys are doing interesting stuff, but no discrete/continuous synthesis
yet (I know how, but won't tell).

One can design/grow CAs to model any physical system in existance (and a
lot of them which are not). I'm serious, check them out.

> If so, that'd be great. That's probably the fastest way to nanotech,
> because we already have the ability to synthesize arbitrary proteins,
> and suitable environments for them are cheap.