A few weeks ago, we reported that Microsoft is considering to increase investments in Quantum Computer. Yesterday at the Microsoft Ignite conference, Satya Nadella revealed his take on Quantum Computing and wants Microsoft to build a Quantum Computer. While there are few people who currently understand the working of Quantum Computers, Nadella wants Microsoft to build a Quantum Computer to get a jump on IBM, Google and other competitors that are also looking at this space. The main difference between what Microsoft is doing is that its system is based on advances in topology that the company previously discussed. Most of the theoretical work behind this comes from Fields Medal-recipient Michael Freedman, who joined Microsoft Research in 1997, and his team.
A quantum computer enables you to encode information, not just as one or zero but as one and zero simultaneously. That means it unlocks amazing parallelism.
Microsoft also showed the progress it has made toward developing both a topological qubit and the ecosystem of hardware and software that will eventually allow a wide range of developers to take advantage of quantum computing’s power.
toward developing both a topological qubit and the ecosystem of hardware and software that will eventually allow a wide range of developers to take advantage of quantum computing’s power.
– Satya Nadella
Computer scientist Krysta Svore said that they are building a comprehensive full stack solution so that they can actually run revolutionary applications on this new revolutionary device.
So this includes the quantum chip that we’ve just discussed in this dilution refrigerator. But it also includes a cryogenic classical computer that’s also operating in the dilution refrigerator.
– Krysta Svore
It has to operate at 4 kelvin. That’s around minus 452 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s pretty darn cold. And we need that to control the quantum computer itself. And then, of course, my favourite part, on top of all of that you need software.
– Krysta Svore
Right now this idea might sound far-fetched but we do hope that Microsoft will be able to build a Quantum Computer which will open new possibilities for research on subjects which are not known right now.