The New South Wales government has announced funding for a new initiative aimed at involving students with quantum computers.
The $ 15.4 million initiative for Sydney Quantum Academy (SQA) will see students at Sydney University (USyd), New South Wales University (UNSW), Macquarie University and Sydney University of Technology (UTS) to work with each other and train. at all four universities.
Funding is also expected to be used to connect students with industry through practice and research; Supporting enterprise development for launching quantum technology; and promoting Sydney as the center of quantum computing.
NSW's national funding, combined with current university and industry support, sees total investment in SQA at about $ 35 million.
"Our new investment will provide a pipeline of highly qualified quantum engineers, software specialists and technicians for building and programming these incredible machines because technology becomes a reality," said Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro.
"We want SQA to provide investment from key players in the global technology industry and attract the best scientists from across the globe to NSW."
Barilaro believes that for each quantum computing role, about five indirect jobs will be created.
"This is an exciting co-operation between some of our best NSW universities, which already have the same benefits as quantum science and engineering," added Matt Kean, NSW's Innovation Minister.
"Most of our international competitors stand out only in one form of quantum science, but here in Sydney, our universities have advantages in many areas such as quantum computing on silicon, topological quantum computing, trapped ions, quantum software and nano-diamonds."
Physicians use the code to reduce the quantum error in the logic door
Also this week, scientists from USyd announced the use of a specially designed code error detection and retrieval code in the logical door of quantum computers.
The quantum logic gate is formed by interwoven networks of a small number of quantum bits (kbit). These are switches that allow quantum computers to run algorithms that handle information and run calculations.
"This is the first time that the promised benefit of quantum logical inputs from the theory realized in the real quantum machine is promised," said Dr. Robin Harper from the ARC Center of Excellence for Quantum Systems Design.
Harper, along with Professor Steven Flammie of the College of Physics and the Nano Institute of the University of Sydney, used IBM's quantum computer to test error codes.
The University has stated that it has improved the order of magnitude in reducing the rate of infidelity – at the door of quantum logic.
Using error detection and retrieval code on the IBM quantum device, Harper and Flammia showed that the error rate fell from 5.8 percent to 0.60 percent. So instead of losing one of the 20 quantum doors, only one in 200 will fail.
"This is an important step forward in developing fault tolerance in quantum systems to allow them to expand to meaningful devices," Harper added.
"These experiments are the first confirmation that the theoretical ability to detect errors in logical door operations using quantum codes is useful in today's devices, which is a significant step towards the goal of building large-scale quantum computers."
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