Google It: Quantum Chemistry Problem Solved (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Google It: Quantum Chemistry Problem Solved. “We are a bit closer to an era where quantum computers will provide answers to questions too difficult for conventional computers, according to new research featured on the cover of the journal Science. A large research team that included Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) quantum computing pioneer Nathan Wiebe and colleagues at Google AI Quantum published the proof-of-concept for quantum computing of tough chemistry problems.”

EurekAlert: A new technique prevents errors in quantum computers

EurekAlert: A new technique prevents errors in quantum computers. “Even quantum computers make mistakes. Their computing ability is extraordinary; indeed, it exceeds that of classical computers by far. This is because circuits in quantum computers are based on qubits that can represent not only 0s or 1s, but also superpositions of 0 and 1 states by using the principles of quantum mechanics. Despite their great potential, qubits are extremely fragile and prone to errors due to the interactions with the external environment.”

Purdue University: New theory hints at more efficient way to develop quantum algorithms

Purdue University: New theory hints at more efficient way to develop quantum algorithms. “The new theory, described in a paper published in the journal Advanced Quantum Technologies, is the first known attempt to determine which quantum states can be created and processed with an acceptable number of quantum gates to outperform a classical algorithm. Physicists refer to this concept of having the right number of gates to control each state as ‘complexity.’ Since the complexity of a quantum algorithm is closely related to the complexity of quantum states involved in the algorithm, the theory could therefore bring order to the search for quantum algorithms by characterizing which quantum states meet that complexity criteria.”

DOE unveils blueprint for quantum internet at ‘Launch To The Future: Quantum Internet’ (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: DOE unveils blueprint for quantum internet at ‘Launch To The Future: Quantum Internet’. “In a press conference today at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet, bringing the United States to the forefront of the global quantum race and ushering in a new era of communications. This report provides a pathway to ensure the development of the National Quantum Initiative Act, which was signed into law by President Trump in December 2018.”

FedTech: Quantum Computing Gains More Support and Funding from Federal Agencies

FedTech: Quantum Computing Gains More Support and Funding from Federal Agencies. “Hoping to leverage the superior analytical power of quantum computing, the federal government is putting even more resources behind the nascent technology. Early 2020 saw requests for increased funding and the creation of new programs and scientific benchmarks.”

Scientific American: The Quantum App Store Is Coming

Scientific American: The Quantum App Store Is Coming. “Currently, quantum computing researchers and enthusiasts need to know quantum programming; it’s simply a must. Soon, though, all they will need is a quantum app store and a line of code. Not an app store like in your smartphone, but similar to a code repository of today, such as GitHub—a type of digital library where software developers make the code they have written available to anyone. And in the near future, developers will be able to put in their lines of code that will call on quantum computers to deal with specific tasks a regular computer can’t.”

PC Gamer: IBM and Google battle for quantum supremacy in computing

PC Gamer: IBM and Google battle for quantum supremacy in computing. “This month we need to deal with a big concept: quantum supremacy. Not the story of a subatomic particle trained as the CIA’s ultimate assassin but now suffering amnesia and uncovering a conspiracy. No, it’s the idea that a quantum computer might be able to solve some task that a classical computer cannot, or at least couldn’t do within the remaining lifespan of the universe.”

COVID-19: Quantum computing could someday find cures for coronaviruses and other diseases (TechRepublic)

TechRepublic: COVID-19: Quantum computing could someday find cures for coronaviruses and other diseases. “When it comes to finding a vaccine that can halt and eradicate the deadly COVID-19 virus, today’s supercomputers can only do so much. While supercomputers can do amazing things, they are not complex enough to find answers to nature’s deepest and most complicated secrets, such as quickly and carefully mapping out the molecular structures of viruses so they can be defeated with modern medicines and treatments. But an answer awaits perhaps five to 10 years away in the form of quantum computers, which are exponentially more powerful than traditional classic computers, according to computer scientists and other researchers.”

EurekAlert: D-Wave provides free quantum cloud access for global response to COVID-19

EurekAlert: D-Wave provides free quantum cloud access for global response to COVID-19. “D-Wave Systems Inc., the leader in quantum computing systems, software, and services, today announced the immediate availability of free access to its quantum systems via the Leap quantum cloud service for anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Joining the effort are partners and customers including CINECA, DENSO, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Kyocera Corporation, KYOCERA Communication Systems, MDR/Cliffhanger, Menten AI, NEC Solution Innovators Ltd., OTI Lumionics, QAR Lab at LMU Munich, Sigma-i, Tohoku University, and Volkswagen, who will provide access to engineering teams with expertise on how to use the quantum computer and formulate problems, as well as help in developing solutions.”

Phys .org: Scientists break Google’s quantum algorithm

Phys .org: Scientists break Google’s quantum algorithm. “The celebrated approach taken by Google in QAOA has sparked vast commercial interest and ignited a global research community to explore novel applications. Yet, little is known about the ultimate performance limitations of Google’s QAOA algorithm. A team of scientists from Skoltech’s Deep Quantum Laboratory took up this contemporary challenge. The all-Skoltech team led by Prof. Jacob Biamonte discovered and quantified what appears to be a fundamental limitation in the widely adopted approach initiated by Google.”

TechCrunch: Honeywell says it will soon launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer

TechCrunch: Honeywell says it will soon launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer. “‘The best-kept secret in quantum computing.’ That’s what Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) CEO Ilyas Khan called Honeywell‘s efforts in building the world’s most powerful quantum computer. In a race where most of the major players are vying for attention, Honeywell has quietly worked on its efforts for the last few years (and under strict NDA’s, it seems). But today, the company announced a major breakthrough that it claims will allow it to launch the world’s most powerful quantum computer within the next three months.”

Trump administration to propose big jump in funding for AI, Quantum R&D: sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Trump administration to propose big jump in funding for AI, Quantum R&D: sources. “The White House on Monday will propose a big jump in U.S. government spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information sciences research and development in its 2021 budget proposal, two people briefed on the plan said.”

University of Notre Dame: Quantum Interest

University of Notre Dame: Quantum Interest. “Published in Switzerland in the 1970s and 1980s, Epistemological Letters was a critical venue for work that was viewed as marginal by mainstream physicists of the era — work that would later contribute to important developments in areas such as quantum computing, quantum encryption and quantum teleportation. Think a Reddit for theoretical physicists.”

Ars Technica: Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws

Ars Technica: Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws. “Last month, Google claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy—the overblown name given to the step of proving quantum computers can deliver something that a classical computer can’t. That claim is still a bit controversial, so it may yet turn out that we need a better demonstration.”