Virginia State Agencies Still Suffering From Server Problems

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Virginia State Agencies Still Suffering From Server Problems

On Wednesday afternoon, some of Virginia's computer servers had an as of yet unexplained failure which knocked some of the 24 state agencies off-line. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) said that how negatively an individual state agency was affected was due to where its information was stored on the state's servers.

The Department of Motor Vehicles apparently was the most visibly affected, with no in-person license renewals possible at its 74 locations across the state. However, one could still renew their license on-line or through its or use an automated telephone service, and vehicle registrations were still possible in-person.

VITA said that it had fixed the problem yesterday, but that many agencies were still affected at 1800 EDST news reports indicated. VITA officials couldn't say when everything would be back to normal. It's own website was still down as of 0930 EDST today but finally came back up shortly thereafter.

Virginias' IT infrastructure is in the midst of a major $2-billion plus upgrade which has been the source of trouble between the state and its contractor, Northrop Grumman. While the contract difficulties have been "resolved" after much contentious debate, this latest IT incident will likely bring up questions again about what value is the state getting for all of its IT dollars.

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An IBM Quantum Computer Will Soon Pass the 1,000-Qubit Mark

The Condor processor is just one quantum-computing advance slated for 2023

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This photo shows a woman working on a piece of apparatus that is suspended from the ceiling of the laboratory.

A researcher at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center examines some of the quantum hardware being constructed there.

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IBM’s Condor, the world’s first universal quantum computer with more than 1,000 qubits, is set to debut in 2023. The year is also expected to see IBM launch Heron, the first of a new flock of modular quantum processors that the company says may help it produce quantum computers with more than 4,000 qubits by 2025.

This article is part of our special report Top Tech 2023.

While quantum computers can, in theory, quickly find answers to problems that classical computers would take eons to solve, today’s quantum hardware is still short on qubits, limiting its usefulness. Entanglement and other quantum states necessary for quantum computation are infamously fragile, being susceptible to heat and other disturbances, which makes scaling up the number of qubits a huge technical challenge.

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