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Russia to develop next-gen quantum computer

50-qubit computers are expected to boast computing power unattainable by today’s most classic computers. There are currently only three such computers in the world

Mar 12, 2018
Four Russian government-backed organizations — Vnesheconombank (VEB), the Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI), VEB-Innovations and Moscow State University — and the non-profit ANO Digital Economy have agreed to develop together a 50-qubit quantum computer.

The agreement, which was signed on the sidelines of the recent Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, establishes a research and engineering framework to create a multi-qubit optical quantum simulator based of photon chips and neutral atoms. This framework includes consultations and working meetings as well as an appropriate research and technology infrastructure.

"The groups involved have ample resources. With this support, a prototype of a processor of this magnitude should be possible to build in as little as a year. This prototype quantum processor can then be improved," believes head of Skoltech’s Deep Quantum AI Laboratory Professor Jacob Biamonte.