Yes, NASA Did Help Achieve Quantum Supremacy (Update)

Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor, Nature

"Our Sycamore processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of a quantum circuit a million times--our benchmarks currently indicate that the equivalent task for a state-of-the-art classical supercomputer would take approximately 10,000 years. This dramatic increase in speed compared to all known classical algorithms is an experimental realization of quantum supremacy for this specific computational task, heralding a much-anticipated computing paradigm."

Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor, NASA

"Here, we report using a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create quantum states on 53 qubits ... While our processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of the quantum circuit 1 million times, a state-of-the-art supercomputer would require approximately 10,000 years to perform the equivalent task."

Keith's 9:00 am EDT note: A month ago I noted that a paper on this achievement was posted and then removed by NASA from NTRS. It had Eleanor G. Rieffel as an author - as does this Nature apaper - the titles are identical. Let's see if NASA bothers to mention their role in all of this - or not. When I asked PAO about this a month ago they did not want to talk about it. I wonder if they even know it has been published. NASA has not emailed anything out nor has it posted this on PRNewswire.

Keith's 10:05 am EDT update: NSF has issued a statement. Still nothing from NASA.

Keith's 1:45 pm EDT update: I just got an email from someone at the NASA Ames Headquarters building - but not from Ames PAO. They informed me that a story had been posted. This is important stuff - but other than this email - I'd have never been alerted to this.

NASA and Google Achieve Quantum Supremacy, NASA Ames

"Achieving quantum supremacy means we've been able to do one thing faster, not everything faster," said Eleanor Rieffel, co-author on the paper on this result, published today in Nature, and the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Lead at Ames. "And even though that one thing isn't terribly useful, that it has been done at all is groundbreaking."

Keith's 5:07 pm EDT update: NASA PAO finally sent the press release out at 5:07 pm EDT - half a day after everyone else.

Did NASA Ames Achieve Quantum Supremacy? (Update), earlier post

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