Anastasia Marchenkova explains what a quantum annealer is, and what can it do?

While they rely on the same quantum mechanical concepts, quantum annealers are especially great for optimizing solutions to problems by quickly searching over a space and finding a minimum (or “solution”) and also sampling problems.

For optimizing solution, you can think of this as looking over a landscape and finding where the low point is. An annealer does that!

In this nature video explains Google’s recent announcement on reaching a major quantum computing milestone.

Google says they have reached ‘quantum supremacy’ with their quantum computer ‘Sycamore’. Nature reporter Elizabeth Gibney explains what this means, why IBM disagree, and the significance for quantum computing.

Read the full news article here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03213-z

Read the research paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1666-5