- QuEra Computing released its roadmap for the company’s series of error-corrected quantum computers, starting in 2024 and culminating in a system with 100 logical error-corrected qubits.
- The company is focusing on quantum error correction to fulfill the promise of quantum computers.
- Critical Quote: “With this product release plan, we are opening doors to a new world of computational possibilities. We are excited to leverage all the building blocks developed in past years – qubit shuttling, transversal gates, high-fidelity 2- qubit gates – to deliver a world-leading system, allowing us to collaborate with global partners to explore the vast potential of quantum computing and drive innovation across various sectors.” — Alex Keesling, CEO of QuEra Computing Inc.
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PRESS RELEASE — QuEra Computing, the quantum computing trailblazer, today announced a bold strategic roadmap for a series of error-corrected quantum computers, starting in 2024 and culminating in a system with 100 logical error-corrected qubits. This announcement marks the ushering in of a new era in quantum computing and caps oﬀ a banner year for QuEra, which included breakthrough scientific results, substantial growth in its scientific and engineering teams, a new investment round, a significant increase in the availability of its Aquila platform on a major cloud platform, and more.
Quantum error correction is critical to fulfill the immense promise of quantum computers. This advanced technique addresses the inherent fragility of quantum states and the susceptibility of qubits to interference from their environment, which can lead to errors in quantum computations. By implementing error correction protocols, quantum computers can maintain the integrity of quantum information over longer periods, enabling them to perform complex calculations that are beyond the reach of classical computers. This not only enhances the reliability and scalability of quantum systems but also paves the way for groundbreaking advancements in fields ranging from materials science to drug discovery and optimization problems. By providing the first commercial error-corrected system, QuEra is setting a new bar in performance and usability.
A Three-Year Quantum Error-Correction Roadmap
QuEra’s roadmap outlines a three-phase release of its revolutionary quantum computers:
- 2024: Launching a quantum computer with 10 logical qubits, unique transversal gate capability, and over 256 physical qubits. Transversal gates are crucial in quantum computing for their ability to prevent error propagation across qubits, making them inherently error-resistant. They simplify quantum error correction by allowing errors to be corrected independently for each qubit. This system establishes the groundwork for error-corrected quantum computing. In addition, to assist in assessing and preparing algorithms for the era of error correction, QuEra will release a cloud-based logical qubit simulator in the first half of
- 2025: an enhanced model with 30 logical error-corrected qubits with magic state distillation, supported by over 3000 physical Magic state distillation enables the implementation of a broader range of quantum gates with higher fidelity, allowing for the execution of non-Cliﬀord gates, which are crucial for universal quantum.
- 2026: Introduction of a third-generation QEC model with 100 logical qubits and over 10,000 physical qubits. This development, capable of deep logical circuits, will push quantum computing beyond the simulatability limit, ushering in a new era of discovery and innovation.
These advancements build upon the recent breakthrough published in Nature (“Logical quantum processor based on reconfigurable atom arrays“, Bluvstein (Harvard) et al., Nature 2023), where a Harvard-led group, together with QuEra, MIT, NIST and the University of Maryland, reported the execution of complex algorithms with 48 logical qubits.
“With this product release plan, we are opening doors to a new world of computational possibilities,” said Alex Keesling, CEO of QuEra Computing Inc. “We are excited to leverage all the building blocks developed in past years – qubit shuttling, transversal gates, high-fidelity 2- qubit gates – to deliver a world-leading system, allowing us to collaborate with global partners to explore the vast potential of quantum computing and drive innovation across various sectors.”
Celebrating a Year of Signiﬁcant Achievements
This announcement comes on the heels of a breakthrough 2023 for QuEra, marked by significant progress on multiple fronts:
- Successfully completing a $30M Series A venture round early in the
- Expanding the public availability of QuEra’s ﬂagship 256-qubit Aquila system, available globally on a major cloud platform, from 10 to over 100 hours per week. Both commercial and academic customers enjoyed this increased availability, leading to several important results. Additionally, customers can now reserve blocks of machine time for exclusive access.
- Attracting top talent, significantly expanding the team to over 50 highly skilled scientists and engineers. Additionally, the company has added experienced and accomplished executives to its management team, positioning itself for accelerated growth and
- Scientists from Harvard, QuEra, MIT, UMD and NIST released a series of breakthrough scientific results. These advances provide critical building blocks and further cement QuEra’s status as a leading quantum computing
“In a few years, the number of physical qubits will be less important to customers, and the focus will switch to logical error-corrected qubits”, said Nate Gemelke, co-founder and CTO of QuEra. “Today, we are taking a major step in this critical transition from quantum experimentation to true quantum computing value.”
Calling Developers, Enterprises, and HPC Centers
QuEra invites developers, enterprise customers, and High-Performance Computing (HPC) centers to engage with these groundbreaking capabilities. Developers are encouraged to adapt their software to take advantage of these new capabilities. Enterprises interested in exploring algorithms with logical qubits are invited to collaborate. HPC centers and national programs considering the purchase and on-premises deployment of these advanced computers are invited to register their interest. A new waitlist page at https://www.quera.com/waitlist is available for those interested in early access to these breakthrough capabilities.