CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Google was supposed to present its ongoing quantum computer project with 49 qubits during the last month’s International Conference on Quantum Technologies (ICQT) in Russia, but Harvard University stole the limelight as it presented its quantum device with 51 qubits.

Mikhail Lukin, one of the researchers from the Harvard University, highlighted the fourth ICQT with its successful test that set the standard on achieving quantum supremacy. He was backed up by American and Russian researchers during the discovery.

Quantum computing is like the sixth sense; it is the third bit from the two that has long been established in computing. It is being studied not to replace any of the two kinds but to enhance complicated computations further. This may not be used for video gaming or regular personal computing, but the possibilities are high – we may never know.

Harvard University Heads Race to Quantum Supremacy

The research team from the Ivy League university patterned its device on a series of supercooled rubidium atoms clasped in magnets and tweezers of laser that were triggered to design a single quantum system. The team controlled 51 trapped atoms that could be shaped for quantum mechanics.

This discovery has awakened the community in discussing such achievement. The research is currently waiting for peer review as it is already published at Quantum computing analysts and experts are throwing possibilities after the feat.

On the other hand, Google’s 49-qubit computing system used a different procedure, which depends on quantum chips that use a Josephson junction. The company needs to regroup after the announcement and, most certainly, will be back to the drawing board for more enhancements on the project.

Lukin stated that it is too early to announce who won because there are thousands of bits yet to be discovered, but this recent feat is reason enough for Harvard University to celebrate.


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