What: Google (GOOGL 95,13 +1,48 +1,58%) has recently published a paper claiming to have achieved quantum supremacy.
Here is a copy of the paper, titled “Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor” which was published in cooperation with NASA’s Ames Research Center. A few publications like the FT first reported the news without providing access to the paper which has since leaked, so Future Tech INSIDER got hold of it.
How: The computational tasks that Google’s quantum processor was able to accomplish in 200 seconds would have taken the current supercomputers … (wait for it) 10,000 years. Yes, you read that right.
“While our processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of the quantum circuit 1 million times, a state-of-the-art supercomputer would require approximately 10,000 years to perform the equivalent task.”, the paper says.
More precisely: The accomplishment was possible thanks to Google’s new quantum processor Sycamore which consists of an array of 54 transmon quantum bits, also known as qubits or qbits.
Here’s to a new era heralding “the advent of a much-anticipated computing paradigm.”