A student’s physics project could make quantum computers twice as reliable

A student’s tweak in quantum computing code could double its ability to catch errors, piquing the interest of Amazon’s quantum computing program. 

The new code could be used to build quantum computers that live up to the promises of lightning-fast processing time and the ability to solve more complex problems than traditional computers could handle. So far, only two computers have reached “quantum supremacy,” or the ability to complete a quantum calculation faster than the fastest supercomputer. But neither of those computers used error correction codes that will be necessary to scale up quantum computing for widespread, reliable use, the researchers on the new study said. 

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