Amherst Prof Devises First Head-to-Head Speed Test with Conventional Computing, and the Quantum Computer Wins

May 7, 2013 • By Peter Rooney

Catherine McGeoch

AMHERST, Mass.A computer science professor at Amherst College who recently devised and conducted experiments to test the speed of a quantum computing system against conventional computing methods will soon be presenting a paper with her verdict: quantum computing is, “in some cases, really, really fast.”

Times Have Changed

1.     Percentage of prospective first-years who applied online to Amherst in 2003: 33

2.     Percentage who applied online in 2008: 89

3.     By the end of August 2008, number of members of the Amherst Class of ’12 Facebook group: 432

4.     Total number of students in the Class of ’12: 440

5.     Number of first-years who brought desktop computers to campus this year: 14

6.     Total number of students who have landline phone service on campus this year: 5