(HPCWire.com) IonQ, a leader in trapped-ion quantum computing, has released the results of two rigorous real-world tests that show that its quantum computer can solve significantly more complex problems with greater accuracy than results published for any other quantum computer.
The benchmarks using the Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm and the Hidden Shift algorithm, each ask a computer to find a hidden number out of a set of possible numbers. For each algorithm, IonQ has solved for all possible 1024 hidden numbers with their 11-qubit machine, a more difficult task than has been attempted before on a quantum computer.
Christopher Monroe, IonQ’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, explained, “The real test of any computer is what can it do in a real-world setting. We challenged our machine with tough versions of two well-known algorithms that demonstrate the advantages of quantum computing over conventional devices. The IonQ quantum computer proved it could handle them. Practical benchmarks like these are what we need to see throughout the industry.”