China develops quantum computer amid tech race with US

Chinese scientists say they have developed the world’s fastest quantum computer, capable of performing calculations that a regular computer would take billions of years to solve.

The leading quantum research group published its findings about the quantum computer in the journal Science on Thursday.

Chief professor behind the study, Lu Chaoyang, said the team achieved the breakthrough by manipulating photons, particles of light.

The breakthrough represents a quantum computational advantage, also known as quantum supremacy, in which no traditional computer can perform the same task in a reasonable amount of time and is unlikely to be overturned by algorithmic or hardware improvements, according to the research.

It also said the prototype was 100 trillion times faster than Japan’s Fukagu supercomputer, launched in June.

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