INTERNATIONAL – Google said on Wednesday that its research team has achieved a big breakthrough in quantum computing, claiming it attained "quantum supremacy," a milestone on the path to full-scale quantum computing.
Google announced the results in the journal Nature, saying the achievement came after more than a decade of work at Google, including the use of its internally developed 53-qubit quantum computer –Sycamore.
"Our Sycamore processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of a quantum circuit a million times -- our benchmarks currently indicate that the equivalent task for a state-of-the-art classical supercomputer would take approximately 10,000 years," Nature quoted the Google researchers as saying in its report.
"Very proud that our @GoogleAI team has achieved a big breakthrough in quantum computing known as quantum supremacy after over a decade of work... Thank you to our collaborators in the research community who helped make this possible," Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai tweeted Wednesday morning.
In an interview with the MIT Technology Review, Pichai said it's an important milestone for a revolutionary way of processing data, comparing to the 12-second first flight by the Wright brothers, even though its quantum computer running in an extremely controlled environment, is still finicky, exotic and not likely to replace classical computer right now.