Quantum Error Detection by Riverlane, another breakthrough for Quantum Computing


Riverlane, the pioneering quantum engineering company, has announced its breakthrough on the very first error “decoding” technology, that will power the initial batch of “error-corrected” quantum computers, the decoding hardware has the ability to handle far more qubits than ever. Error correction is the defining challenge of quantum computing. It enables the translation of experimental technology to large-scale machine reliability to realize the tremendous promise of quantum computing.

The very first decoding technology was demonstrated live at National Quantum Technology Showcase (NQTS) in London. The demonstration was a working prototype of the decoding device that would eventually be installed in all upcoming quantum computers.

The inherent instability of qubits, the processors that enable quantum mechanical processing, limits the usability of current quantum computers. Because of its instability, floods of data mistakes overwhelm all contemporary quantum computers. The quantum computing industry is currently in the first generation of error-corrected quantum computing, in which faults can be recognized, diagnosed, and rectified in real-time. Thus, Riverlane’s scalable, high-speed decoder is a vital component in facilitating this shift, considering that it is also the first one to accommodate an extremely large quantum number.

The UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase is an annual event hosted by the UK government-backed National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) that displays the UK’s most intriguing projects from throughout the quantum environment. Riverlane exhibited the whole cycle of operations to precisely detect specific quantum data mistakes in fractions of a second on a simulated quantum computer in front of a live audience at the NQTS.

To effectively tackle currently unsolvable human problems in fields like clean energy and
new drug design, we need to transition to a new generation of error corrected quantum
computers that can perform millions of high-speed operations without disruption. Today’s
quantum computers can still only perform around 100 operations before they fail. That
transition will take time but it starts now. Our decoder is a critical component and a leap

Steve Brierley, Riverlane’s founder and CEO