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China launches first superconducting computing cloud platform

Updated: 2020-09-17

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Inside Wu Yuan, a superconducting quantum computer developed by Origin Quantum. [Photo/WeChat account: hefeigaoxinfabu]

Origin Quantum, a Hefei-based quantum computing company, launched China's first superconducting quantum computing cloud platform in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, on Sept 12.

The platform will offer quantum computing services to customers around the world through a cloud system connected to the company's independently-developed superconducting quantum computer, named "Wu Yuan", which is equipped with a six-qubit processor, said CEO Kong Weicheng at the launch ceremony.

Quantum computers still have strict requirements for operating environments and auxiliary equipment, making it difficult for ordinary users to access them. To this end, major international quantum computing companies have developed their own quantum cloud platforms to connect users with real quantum computing devices. Origin Quantum is the first in China to develop such a platform, according to Kong.

Kong said that Wu Yuan's technical indicators, such as fidelity and coherence time, were at an internationally advanced level. With cloud access, the quantum computer can operate beyond a lab setting, marking a breakthrough for quantum computing engineering in China.

Guo Guoping, chief scientist of Origin Quantum, said the company has begun researching and developing next-generation superconducting quantum chips and quantum computer control systems. The second-generation 20-qubit Wu Yuan is expected to be launched at the end of next year, with 50-qubit and 100-qubit quantum computers to come within three years.