One of the new quantum computers failed to run an advanced algorithm, specifically designed to work on quantum computers, for the purpose of scanning databases of super-massive human "genomes" for diagnosis and prediction of genetic diseases, based on blood samples from people who are infected or suspected of having these diseases. . The scientists said that the device showed errors in the results, then a sudden halt occurred in the middle of the mission, and it seemed that it was dealing with the "algorithm" as a "game" or something to simulate, not a complex problem in the real world.

This incident occurred, during an experiment carried out by scientists from the University of Virginia Medical College, in cooperation with the National Institute of Mental Health, and funded by the National Institutes of Health, on the quantitative computer of «IBM», and the publication of the «Digital Trend» specialist The technique is finally detailed.

Diagnosed within hours

"The team has built an advanced algorithm (a computer program based on mathematical models) to operate specifically on quantum computers only, and it is innovative and unprecedented, because, if it is running, it scans the genome databases," said the assistant professor at the college and a member of the research team, Dr. Stefan Beckeranov. Cellular megacities for humans, to conduct analyzes and diagnoses related to genetic diseases, and to make predictions within hours, rather than weeks or months, as is currently happening. For example, if a middle-aged patient suffers memory loss, goes to the clinic, and the doctor and his family feel anxious about possible early Alzheimer's disease, the blood is drawn by the patient, and the algorithm is extracted to extract the DNA sequence, and special (RNA) DNA In person, to reach the diagnosis and forecast the disease within hours, in contrast to what is happening now, as this process takes weeks or even months ».

Power barrier

Bikeranov explained that the innovative algorithm by the team will achieve this result if the powerful computers that are able to operate them efficiently are available, and this is not currently available due to the limited capabilities available on the current traditional computers, so the team resorted to building an algorithm that works on new quantitative computers, which are still In the process of growth and development, as theoretically it provides amazing capabilities in the power of computing, and the choice was made to use the quantitative computer of the company «IBM», to conduct a trial run of the new algorithm.

He considered that quantum computers are best suited to run the algorithm, because of its ability to perform operations surprisingly quickly. This is because they operate in what are known as "qubits", not "bits" used in conventional computers, and "qubits". Quantitative particles that can be in an overlapping and multiple state at the same time, unlike the "bit" that works by being present in a binary case only Either the value of zero or one only, and the presence of a decision in multiple overlapping cases, makes the quantum computer able to make multiple guesses and possibilities simultaneously, when solving problems, which means reducing the time needed to complete the mathematical equations in a way that allows things to be accomplished in minutes and hours instead of months And years.

Actual results

In actual experience, it was found that a quantum computer still treats the algorithm as a "game" problem or simulation object, not a real problem close to the complexity required in the real world. Bikiranov pointed out that the experiment demonstrated that there are still many barriers and restrictions on the way to take advantage of the current quantum computers in operating the new complex algorithm, the gates of the quantum region inside the device, or "the basic quantum circuit that works on a small number of qubits", do not perform operations With complete accuracy, which leads to errors in the results being measured, and then leads to errors in predictions, as the number of units of qubits in the strongest quantum computer currently available, is still few, and then suffer problems of stopping and freezing «irritation» during the performance of the task.

Quantitative computers

The research team confirmed that these results, while disappointing, do not close the way to the future, as quantitative computers are still in early childhood, and practical breakthroughs and successive developments occur, improving their performance over time. Ultimately, it will be ready to run this algorithm and others, and when the rate at which it is currently developed is taken, it is expected that quantum computers will be able to run the algorithm within a decade or by 2030, and by the time we may have mobile applications to analyze the human genome , Diagnosing genetic diseases, and predicting their future developments, by examining the samples with the new algorithm, whose clock will work on quantitative computers, providing its services in the concept of cloud computing, so that the application on the mobile is just a window to connect the samples to the quantum computer, and receive the results and present them to the treating physician, or even the patient Himself directly.