Ushering in an era of large-scale quantum computers with quantum error correction made possible by the error suppression technologies within Fire Opal.
Problem: Quantum error correction (QEC) is fundamental to large-scale quantum computing, but currently hurts more than it helps because hardware errors are so prevalent.
Solution: Combining QEC encoding with the deterministic error suppression techniques delivered by Fire Opal software reduces the impact of algorithmic errors so that quantum error correction can become more useful.
Outcome: Combining a five-qubit QEC code with Fire Opal improved the code’s ability to correctly identify errors by 70% on real commercial quantum computers.
One of the fundamental challenges facing quantum technology is dealing with noise and errors. Quantum bits (qubits) are noisy, which results in the corruption of their quantum state. Dealing with these errors in order to build reliable quantum computers is the biggest challenge facing their development today.