World News – AU – Chinese scientists claim breakthrough in quantum computing race

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Chinese scientists claim to have built a quantum computer that can perform certain calculations nearly 100 trillion times faster than the world’s most advanced supercomputer.This marks the first milestone in the country’s efforts to develop the technology.

The researchers have built a quantum computer prototype capable of capturing up to 76 photons through Gaussian boson scanning, a standard simulation algorithm, said the state news agency Xinhua, citing research published in Science Magazine. That is exponentially faster than existing supercomputers.

The breakthrough represents a quantum computational advantage, also known as quantum supremacy, where no traditional computer can do the same task in a timely manner and research has shown it is unlikely to be overturned by algorithmic or hardware improvements.

Still in its infancy, quantum computing is seen as the key to radically improving the processing speed and performance of computers, enabling them to simulate large systems and driving advances in physics, chemistry, and other fields. Chinese researchers are competing against large US companies like Alphabet’s Google, Amazon and Microsoft for a technological edge that has become another front in the US-China tech race.

Last year Google built a computer that can do a calculation in 200 seconds that the fastest supercomputers do about 10. Take 000 years and achieve quantum supremacy. The Chinese researchers claim that their new prototype can be processed 10 billion times faster than Google’s prototype, according to the Xinhua report.

Xi Jinping’s government is building $ 10 billion (approximately Rs. 73. 700 crores) National Quantum Information Science Laboratory as part of a major advance in the field. In the US, the Trump administration provided $ 1 billion (approximately Rs. 7th. 400 crores) in funding for artificial intelligence and quantum information research earlier this year and has sought to honor Google’s breakthrough in 2019.

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World news – AU – Chinese scientists claim breakthrough in quantum computer race

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