In the past it was with tubes, then wires, then with wireless radio signals or pulses of light: Transmitting computer network data traditionally has involved the encoding and decoding of a series of '1's and '0's (bits
) on a digital communication link. The ultimate concept in computer communications, though, is sending subatomic particles from source to destination, and having those particles carry digital information. That's the essence of quantum networking
, an exciting if not mind-bending idea for how to build super fast and efficient networks of the future.
This week, scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany announced their breakthrough demonstration of a quantum computer network, generating new excitement in the field.
→ See also
- Breakthrough in Quantum Communication
Quantum Network Demonstration - Max Planck Institute - Graphic: http://www.mpq.mpg.de