IBM unleashes the Eagle, the world's most powerful quantum processor
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November 17 2021

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

IBM unleashes the Eagle, the world's most powerful quantum processor

This article from NewAtlas may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

With its 127 qubits, IBM says that Eagle is the company’s first processor with power beyond the reach of traditional supercomputers, a milestone often called quantum advantage. It estimates that recreating one of the Eagle’s states on a regular computer would require more classical bits than there are total atoms in every single person on Earth.

However IBM isn’t the first to reach quantum advantage. Google claimed it back in 2019 with its 53-qubit Sycamore processor, but IBM clapped back saying that with better classical algorithms the same job could be done on existing supercomputers in a matter of days – hardly unreachable. Nevertheless, the first-generation Jiuzhang demonstrated the quantum advantage last year, conducting a certain calculation in a few minutes that would take a classical supercomputer 2.5 billion years.

Eagle is now available on the IBM Cloud to some members of the IBM Quantum Network. The company has already outlined its roadmap for future quantum processors, with plans to release the 433-qubit IBM Quantum Osprey next year, followed by the Quantum Condor in 2023, which will pack an astounding 1,121 qubits.

Eoin Treacy's view

As I pointed out in yesterday’s subscriber’s video Rivian with no revenue has a higher valuation than Lucid Group, which just began delivering cars. In turn Lucid Group now has a higher valuation than Volkswagen which producers millions of vehicles a year. That’s a very roundabout way of saying that in this market promises are worth more than reality.

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