Microsoft is Progressing in Building a Quantum Computers

On Monday, Microsoft executive said that the company is developing a quantum computer and discussed its progress in development. The company is giving developers tools for testing on this new computing paradigm on their existing machine.

Microsoft noted the 3 key technologies that will change our technology industry which includes Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Quantum Computing. It’s clear that Microsoft’s impact on mobile era has missed and it’s trying to progress and make recompense.

Microsoft is focusing on different aspects of how quantum computing can work and that may offer it to move its progress to the IBM.  Microsoft’s system is based on topological qubits about which the company has already discussed. A large amount of theoretical work of this system comes from Fields Medal-recipient Michael Freedman, who joined Microsoft Research in 1997 with his team.

Todd Holmdahl, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for quantum research stated that topology gives us the ability to have much superior constancy.

“If you look at our competitors, some of them have three nines of fidelity and we could be at a thousand or ten thousand times that. That means a logical qubit; we could potentially implement it with 10 physical qubits.”

At the physical level of the system, the team used Freedman’s theories to develop the error correction and the topological qubits are harder to rearrange than classical qubits.

Now, Microsoft is working in its own quantum computing lab with Station Q in Santa Barbara. The developers will run Microsoft’s simulator on their own machines. Along with the simulator for writing these quantum applications, the company decided to release a new programming language. All these software tools will be available at the end of the year.


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