In this paper I investigate measurement based quantum computers (MBQCs) using the mechanistic view of computation. I begin by demonstrating that Turing’s work cannot serve as an analysis of computation. I proceed to describe the mechanistic view of computation and then apply it to MBQCs. That computers as peculiar as MBQCs can be handled by the mechanistic view provides good confirmation for it. Additionally, I will show how the mechanistic view helps us understand how MBQCs work, and how this understanding might be applied to expand the frontiers of computation.