Global users have apparently rushed to try out Origin Wukong, “China’s top quantum computer,” which was opened to public access earlier this month.
CGTN (China’s state-owned China Global Television Network*) reported that China’s third generation, superconducting quantum computer “Origin Wukong” has completed 33,871 computing tasks for users around the world as of Jan. 15. Here’s an excerpt:
“The number of remote access to the computer exceeded 350,000 time from over 60 countries and regions, including the U.S., Bulgaria, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Canada, etc.
“The computer, powered by a 72-qubit indigenous superconducting quantum chip called “Wukong Chip”, was put into operation on Jan. 6 and is the most advanced programmable and deliverable superconducting quantum computer in China. According to the Anhui Quantum Computing Engineering Research Center, a total of 37,666 quantum computing tasks have been received worldwide, of which 33,871 tasks have been successfully completed.
“Wukong’s name was inspired by Sun Wukong, a mythical Chinese figure who can assume 72 different forms. The chip was developed by Origin Quantum, an Anhui province-based quantum chip startup.”
Guo Guoping, co-founder of Origin Quantum, the company that built the new computer, told the South China Morning Post, “US quantum computers are not open to China. But, adhering to the notion of scientific exploration without borders, we are willing to open our services to users around the world, including the US, to jointly promote the concept of quantum computing for the benefit of mankind.”
High-tech trade tensions between the U.S. and China have been simmering for some time with the U.S. imposing restrictions on China’s access to a variety of technologies, most notably advanced semiconductors such as GPUs.
*China Global Television Network (CGTN) is one of three branches of state-run China Media Group and the international division of China Central Television (CCTV). Headquartered in Beijing, CGTN broadcasts news in multiple languages. CGTN is under the control of the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party. Via Wikipedia.