In a shocking turn of events, China may have taken the lead in the race to practical quantum computing. Keep watching to find out all there is about their quantum computer that works 100 trillion times faster than the fastest supercomputers in production! Subscribe to Futurity for more quantum news.
In 2020, Chinese scientists announced that their quantum computer had beat a record for solving a complex problem.
Quantum computing is a type of computing that allows powerful machines to perform calculations that are too complex for ordinary devices. The concept was discovered in 1980 by American physicist Richard Feynman and has two major military applications: decrypting encoded messages and sending cryptographic keys to intercept otherwise secure communication chains.
In 2019, Google announced that its 53-qubit Sycamore processor had completed a task that would have taken a conventional supercomputer at least 2.5 days in 3.3 minutes. China’s 66-qubit Zuchongzhi 2 quantum processor reportedly completed the same task 1 million times faster in October. That processor was created by a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Excellence in Quantum Information and Quantum Physics collaborated with the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics and the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology.
Traditional supercomputers, such as those used by the United States military and the Chinese Military, are used to run complex simulations for equipment design, process images and signals to identify targets and points of interest, and analyze massive amounts of data to uncover hidden trends and connections. However, some tasks continue to be time and resource-intensive, as even the smallest computing bits require time to flip between 1 and 0.
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