QuEra Unveils Ambitious Roadmap for Error-Corrected Quantum Computers Through 2026

January 9, 2024

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2024 — QuEra Computing 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 seeing a new bar in performance and usability.

A Three-Year Quantum Error-Correction Roadmap

QuEra’s roadmap outlines a three-phase release of its 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 2024.
  • 2025: An enhanced model with 30 logical error-corrected qubits with magic state distillation, supported by over 3000 physical qubits. 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, 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.”

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 www.quera.com/waitlist is available for those interested in early access to these breakthrough capabilities.

About QuEra

QuEra Computing is the leader in commercializing quantum computers using neutral atoms—widely recognized as a highly promising quantum modality. Based in Boston and built on pioneering research from nearby Harvard University and MIT, QuEra operates the world’s largest publicly accessible quantum computer, available over a major public cloud and for on-premises delivery. QuEra is developing large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computers to tackle classically intractable problems, becoming the partner of choice in the quantum field. Simply put, QuEra is the best way to quantum. For more information, visit us at quera.com.


Source: QuEra

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