Researchers at the University of New South Wales have revealed an architectural structure that solves some of the stability issues that are facing quantum computing scientists, according to a recent report.
The new architecture, which the report compared in significance to landing a man on the Moon, utilizes currently available processors to organize how each ‘spin qubit’ is kept stable and interacts with those around it.
By building a grid of silicon transistors to control the spin and interaction of each qubit (qubits are the building block of a quantum computer), the researchers have been able to stabilize interactions between them, the sticking point of quantum computing to date. The author, Menno Veldhorst, says:
"By selecting electrodes above a qubit, we can control a qubit's spin, which stores the quantum binary code of a 0 or 1. And by selecting electrodes between the qubits, two-qubit logic interactions, or calculations, can be performed between qubits.”
While the research moves the technology forward, the report indicates that there is still more to do to create a commercially viable technology.
Quantum Blockchain security
According to researchers at Carnegie Mellon, quantum computing could theoretically be used to break through the encryption mechanism of Blockchain technology, putting the security of the network at risk.
The risks associated with the quantum computing, however, are somewhat distant, potentially giving researchers time to build encryption ‘patches’ that will handle the quantum computing risks.