The Week in Quantum Computing - February 22th
The Week in Quantum Computing. Brought to you by Sergio Gago (@piratecto) and The Quantum World Association.
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This week has been about Majorana fermions. It started with the bad (or good) news on Microsoft quest to build and then with a plot twist on research. ENIAC turned 75 and gives us great context of where we stand today with Quantum Computers. Strangeworks and QuantumComputing Inc. both make announcements on their platforms for humanizing and accelerating quantum respectively. How? By abstracting layers and providing APIs that leverage what we already have. Wrappers around the algorithsm to solve real problems (when it gets possible!). Initiatives like Strangeworks and QC Inc. are what happens when entrepreneurs and engineers partner up with scientists doing technology transfer.
The Quote of the Week
"The theorem tells you that maybe there must be something happening faster than light, although it pains me even to say that much"
John Bell - physicist, originator of Bell's theorem
The realities of Quantum Computing for the industry: ecosystem and outlook. - Feb. 24th - 18:30 CET. Fireside chat with Whurley and Cesar Rosario from Strangeworks where they will talk about what they are building, the industry prospects and about some exciting news for the industry. Join us online here:
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The Summary of the Week
Tweets by Sergey Frolov, a physicist who questioned missing data in the 2018 paper. In March 2018, Dutch physicist and Microsoft employee Leo Kouwenhoven published headline-grabbing new evidence that he had observed an elusive particle called a Majorana fermion.
February 14, 2021 at 10:33AM
Before I get to the serious stuff, a quick story about John Conway, a.k.a. the “mathematical magician.” I met him in 1993 in Princeton while working on “The Death of Proof.” When I poked my head into his office, Conway was sitting with his back to me staring at a computer.
February 14, 2021 at 08:33PM
Since commercially available computers first arrived on the market in 1951, companies have been racing to produce the most powerful, technologically advanced machines possible.
February 14, 2021 at 11:33PM
TOPTICA Photonics is key industry partner in the ambitious research project to realize a demonstrator of a scalable high-fidelity quantum computer. Quantum computers promise solutions for certain computational tasks that overwhelm conventional supercomputers, such as optimization problems or the simulation of novel materials and compounds. Coordinated by the University of Stuttgart, partners from academia and industry have just started the collaborative research project "QRydDemo" towards a quantum computer ?made in Germany?.
February 15, 2021 at 09:33AM
IBM today announced bp has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the use of quantum computing in the energy industry. By joining the IBM Quantum Network™ as an Industry Partner, bp will have access to IBM's quantum expertise and software and cloud-based access to the most advanced quantum computers available via the cloud. This includes access to a premium 65-qubit quantum computer, the largest universal quantum system available to industry today, and an important milestone on the IBM Quantum roadmap to a 1,000-plus qubit system, targeted for the end of 2023.
bp will work with IBM to explore using quantum computing to solve business and engineering challenges and explore the potential applications for driving efficiencies and reducing carbon emissions.
February 15, 2021 at 10:33PM
Light and a Single Electron Used to Detect Quantum Information Stored in 100,000 Nuclear Quantum Bits
Researchers have found a way to use light and a single electron to communicate with a cloud of quantum bits and sense their behavior, making it possible to detect a single quantum bit in a dense cloud.
February 16, 2021 at 08:33AM
Simulation of non-Hermitian quantum mechanics using a quantum computer goes beyond centuries-old conventions. Aalto researchers have used an IBM quantum computer to explore an overlooked area of physics, and have challenged 100-year-old cherished notions about information at the quantum level.
February 16, 2021 at 09:33AM
Soon, your cloud photo backups could reside on beams of light transmitted between satellites instead of in huge, power-hungry server farms here on Earth.
February 16, 2021 at 11:33AM
Emmanuel Macron lays out a €1.8B strategy to slingshot the country into becoming a quantum powerhouse, as Germany draws up a €2B programme of quantum research as part of its pandemic recovery plan
February 16, 2021 at 11:33AM
Strangeworks, Inc., a computing software company dedicated to making quantum computing accessible, today announced three key initiatives as part of its mission to foster a global quantum workforce, democratize access to quantum computing and streamline existing quantum production workflows. Combined, these offerings establish Strangeworks as the leading Quantum Service Provider™ providing scientists, researchers, software developers, and enthusiasts with a complete quantum ecosystem that includes a browser-based development environment, hardware, software, educational resources, and an ever-growing library of quantum code to start from.
Note: At QuantumBarcelona we will be interviewing Strangeworks this week. Join us here: https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/meetup-group-quantumbarcelona/events/276344054/
February 16, 2021 at 07:33PM
Quantum computing has long gone beyond the pages of science fiction. Scientists achieved the first impressive results in the creation of experimental quantum processors 20 years ago. Now is the time to work on increasing computing power and reducing errors in order to finally create a real quantum leap.
The leaders of the quantum race are IBM, Google, Honeywell, and other large corporations. They see incredible potential in the technological application of “quantum superposition”. In theory, the power of a quantum processor is enough even to crack the most high-tech cryptographic protocols.
February 17, 2021 at 10:33AM
Ionization is when electrons absorb photons to gain enough energy to escape the nucleus' electrical force. Einstein explained in his Nobel Prize-winning theory of the photoelectric effect that there is a threshold for the photon energy required to cause an escape.
February 17, 2021 at 12:33PM
Making Quantum Computers a Reality: Unique Majorana Particles Found in a Magnetic Material, Shows CAU
Physicists from Chung-Ang University take a step towards making viable quantum computers a reality by finding evidence of Majorana fermions in a solid material. A study published in Nature Communications, led by Prof. Kwang-Yong Choi from Chung-Ang University, Korea, unveiled the existence of Majorana fermions in α-RuCl3, a graphene-like quantum magnetic material closely resembling a Kitaev honeycomb in a magnetic field.
February 17, 2021 at 12:33PM
Amazon Web Services Inc. will play a central role in advancing quantum computing after announcing today that it has joined the steering council of the open-source PennyLane project.
February 18, 2021 at 12:33PM
Singapore-based SpeQtral partners Israel's QuantLR to provide a solution to quantum computer attacks
Cybersecurity Singaporean satellite-based quantum key distribution (QKD) operator SpeQtral is set to collaborate with QuantLR, to create a solution that can connect any two points on earth.Based in Israel, QuantLR also provides QKD and specialises in fiber optics.
February 18, 2021 at 12:33PM
Today, noise poses one of the biggest challenges for quantum computation efforts. Be it in the form of dissipated heat, electromagnetic radiation, or something else, noise can disrupt fragile quantum superpositions and lead to errors.
February 18, 2021 at 05:33PM
Quantum Computing (QCI) today announced the availability of an application accelerator dubbed Qatalyst that promises to make it easier to deploy applications on different quantum computing platforms.
February 18, 2021 at 06:33PM
Fully-programmable annealing quantum computer demonstrates 3 million times speed-up over classical CPU in a practical application BURNABY, British Columbia, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- D-Wave Systems Inc.
February 20, 2021 at 12:33AM
It is about fiber optic cables that are suitable for the exchange of quantum information and precision measurements. Austria is getting a quantum internet.
February 20, 2021 at 12:33A