Google is Approaching "Quantum Superiority" with a New Chip

World | March 12, 2018, Monday // 11:00|  views

Google believes it is on the verge of "quantum superiority" with a new 72-cubic quantum processor it develops, reports The Registry online. The term "quantum superiority" means the moment when a quantum computer will perform better than a traditional computer without getting any data processing errors.

Calculation errors are one of the main problems with quantum computers. Google believes it is about to solve this problem for the most part. In 2014, the company developed a 9-cubic chip that generated very few errors - less than 1%.

Now Google says it has scaled up this achievement to a whole 72-cue with the new processor codenamed Bristlecone. This processor aims to preserve the properties and capabilities of its predecessor. But even it will not achieve quantum superiority.

According to Google, this chip may be the platform for creating a quantum computer to achieve this. "We are moderately optimistic that Bristlecone can achieve quantum superiority," said Julian Kelley of the Google team on the company's blog.

The main goal of the new quantum processor will be to test current methods and achievements as well as new technologies and approaches. Bristlecone will give scientists the necessary information to test and develop the technology so that it becomes a real competitor on traditional computers. However, even though Google's engineers are developing quantum real-world algorithms, quantum computers are still far from ready.

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