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Strong Quantum Computational Advantage Using a Superconducting Quantum Processor

•, by Brian Wang

Chinese researchers develop a two-dimensional programmable superconducting quantum processor, Zuchongzhi, which is composed of 66 functional qubits in a tunable coupling architecture. To characterize the performance of the whole system, we perform random quantum circuits sampling for benchmarking, up to a system size of 56 qubits and 20 cycles.

Above – Device schematic of the Zuchongzhi quantum processor. (a) The Zuchongzhi quantum processor consists of two saphire chips. One carries 66 qubits and 110 couplers, and each qubit couples to four neighboring qubits except those at the boundaries. The other hosts the readout components and control lines as well as wiring. These two chips are aligned and bounded together with indium bumps. (b) Simplified circuit schematic of the qubit and coupler

The computational cost of the classical simulation of this task is estimated to be 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than the previous work on 53-qubit Sycamore processor. They estimate that the sampling task finished by Zuchongzhi in about 1.2 hours will take the most powerful supercomputer at least 8 years. Our work establishes an unambiguous quantum computational advantage that is infeasible for classical computation in a reasonable amount of time. The high-precision and programmable quantum computing platform opens a new door to explore novel many-body phenomena and implement complex quantum algorithms.