On Tuesday (16) IBM will unveil the world’s most powerful quantum computer. Dubbed the Eagle, the device runs on 127 quantum bits, or qubits, and, according to the company, has twice the power of Zuchongzhi, the Chinese quantum computer unveiled in July of this year.
At that time, the Chinese machine, containing 56 qubits, was considered the most powerful in the world in its class, having solved in about 70 minutes a task that “classic” supercomputers would take at least eight years.
“Eagle is an important step because it has crossed the 100-qubit barrier. It has already reached the limit where its computing power can no longer be simulated using conventional processors,” Zaira Nazario, Technical Director of Quantum Computing Theory and Its Applications, told the newspaper. Country. The number of classical bits needed to match the computing power of the new processor exceeds the total number of atoms for more than 7.5 billion people living today.