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As microelectronics technology nears the end of exponential growth over time, known as Moore’s law, there is a renewed interest in new computing paradigms such as quantum computing. A key step in the roadmap to build a scientifically or commercially useful quantum computer will be to demonstrate its exponentially growing computing power. I will explain how a 7 by 7 array of superconducting qubits can compute over a huge state space of 2^49 = 560 trillion states, which can only be checked using the world’s largest classical supercomputers. I will present progress towards this “quantum supremacy” experiment.
John Martinis pioneered research on superconducting quantum bits as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley. He has worked at CEA France, NIST Boulder, and UC Santa Barbara on a variety of low-temperature electronic devices, including electron counters, superconducting amplifiers and radiation detectors. In 2014 he was awarded the London Prize for low-temperature physics research on superconducting qubits. In 2014 he joined the Google quantum-AI team, and now heads the hardware effort to build a useful quantum computer.
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