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Quantum Computing: Overcoming Qubits' Achilles Heel

Quantum Computing: Overcoming Qubits' Achilles Heel
Quantum Computing: Overcoming Qubits' Achilles Heel

Quantum Computing: A Step Closer to Practicality

Microsoft and Quantinuum have made a significant breakthrough in quantum computing, developing a system with an error rate 800 times better than traditional methods. This achievement could pave the way for "Level 2 Resilient" quantum computing, suitable for practical applications.

Overcoming Qubit Instability

Quantum computers utilize qubits, which unlike classical bits, can exist in multiple states simultaneously. However, qubits are prone to errors, limiting their usefulness. Microsoft's solution involves grouping physical qubits into virtual qubits, allowing for error correction without destroying them.

Unlocking Practical Applications

Jason Zander, EVP of Microsoft's Strategic Missions and Technologies, believes this advancement brings us closer to a future where quantum machines can tackle intractable problems. By combining multiple physical qubits into logical ones, researchers can protect against noise and sustain long computations.

Next Steps and Future Potential

Microsoft's reliable quantum computing will soon be accessible through Azure Quantum Elements as a private preview. The ultimate goal is to achieve Level 3 quantum supercomputing, capable of addressing complex issues such as climate change and drug research. While the timeline for this milestone remains uncertain, this breakthrough brings us one step closer to practical quantum computing.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Error rate 800 times better than physical qubits alone
  • Enables more than 14,000 experiments without errors
  • Paves the way for Level 2 Resilient quantum computing
  • Potential applications in climate change research and drug development

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