Chinese scientists have successfully built the world’s first quantum computing machine that is 24,000 times faster than its international counterparts and may dwarf the processing power of existing supercomputers.
The scientists announced their achievement at a press conference in the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Studies of University of Science and Technology of China.
For those who don’t know, quantum computing machines are incredibly faster than the conventional computers. The quantum computers can also predict the complex behavior of subatomic particles.
The researchers believe that quantum computing could excel the processing power of supercomputers. Pan Jianwei, a quantum physicist, and an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that quantum computing makes use of quantum superposition principle for ultra-fast parallel calculation and simulation capabilities.
The Hefei quantum computing machine is 10 to 100 times faster than the first electronic computer, ENIAC. While it might not be of any practical use at the moment, the future prospects of quantum computing look bright.
Compared to the previous proof-of-principle experiments that had small photon number and low sampling rates, the performance of the new machine is better.
“Our architecture is feasible to be scaled up to a larger number of photons and with a higher rate to race against increasingly advanced classical computers,” the researchers said in a study published in the journal Nature Photonics on Tuesday.
It’s the first quantum computing machine based on single photons. This development is interesting to note because, last year, China created the world’s first hack proof quantum satellite.