Zapata Quantum Computing Makes Breakthrough With Prime Number Factoring

In 2017, Zapata Computing spun out of Harvard to develop quantum software and algorithms for business and they have received over $26 million in funding.

A quantum computing start-up company called Zapata has worked with IBM to develop a new way to factor large numbers, using it on the largest number that has been factored with a quantum computer so far. The team found that 1,099,551,473,989 is equal to 1,048,589 multiplied by 1,048,601.

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The $21 million round was led by Prelude Ventures and Comcast Ventures, and included participation from Pillar VC, The Engine, BASF Venture Capital, Pitango Ventures and Robert Bosch Venture Capital. The raise will bring the company’s total funding to about $26.45 million.

Zapata’s scientists helped create the field of near-term quantum algorithms including the invention of VQE, the progenitor of variational quantum algorithms. They use this expertise to solve customer problems.

Zapata’s focus right now is on applications where quantum computing can offer some advantages over traditional supercomputing, particularly in three key areas: simulation of chemical reactions, machine learning and optimization problems, which are of particular interest in areas like logistics and planning.

Zapata’s product is Orquestra™ which is a Quantum Platform. You can use it to compose quantum workflows and execute them across the full range of quantum technologies.

Zapata is developing powerful, hardware-agnostic solutions for a wide range of industries including chemistry, finance, logistics, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and materials.

14 thoughts on “Zapata Quantum Computing Makes Breakthrough With Prime Number Factoring”

  1. No, that’s forbidden.

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  4. There are lots of other algorithms, some of which can’t be cracked by quantum computers.

    In the end the 2nd law of thermodynamics is on the side of people doing the encryption and is working against people who are trying to break encryption.

  5. It’s a directional calculation. 5 dollar calculator to go in one direction, 25 million dollar quantum computer to go in the other direction.

  6. Prime factoring is one method of encrypting messages. And it is (apparently) the most widely used at this point.
    But it is only one of many different methods. If prime factoring becomes crackable then people will just move on to another encryption algorithm.

    The only problem would be those messages that were sent before the changeover, that might have been recorded.

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