IBM, Quantum Computing, and Noise Mitigation!

A model of the interior of a quantum computer in the form of a tower with several stories of metallic and gold-colored wires.

Dear Commons Community,

IBM announced earlier this week that it took a major step forward in resolving some of the “noise” problem with quantum computers.  This noise can cause calculation errors  and is often caused by imperfect control signals, interference from the environment [especially temperature fluctuation], and unwanted interactions between qubits, which are the building blocks of a quantum computer.  IBM indicated that it had mitigated [not solved] to a degree the noise problem in its quantum computers.  The New York Times had a featured article on Wednesday describing IBM’s announcement that gets a bit into the technological weeds.  Regardless, if what IBM claims is true, it is a major step forward for quantum computing development.


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