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IBM quantum computer runs largest quantum program yet

IBM scientist Andreas Fuhrer, takes a closer look at the cryogenic refrigerator which will keep qubits are temperatures colder than the deepest parts of outer space.
IBM Quantum Research Lab

17th November 2022

A quantum computer has run the largest quantum program yet. The computer made errors, but a mathematical method was able to extract a meaningful result anyway. This error-mitigation technique could help quantum computers become more useful than their imperfect hardware would otherwise allow them to be. IBM’s quantum computer had qubits made from tiny wires that conduct electricity perfectly. Superconducting qubits are typically programmed by being hit with pulses of microwaves, so running the new program was equivalent to programming a microwave pulse sequence.

Previously, the team’s largest meaningful quantum circuit used 26 qubits and contained 1080 individual operations. Now, the researchers have run a quantum circuit with 127 qubits and over 1700 individual operations.

17th November 2022