Quantum Milestone: 16-Fold Increase in Performance in a Year

November 29, 2021

Honeywell Quantum Solutions has delivered on its promise to significantly increase the quantum volume of its trapped-ion computing technology.

Honeywell Quantum Solutions notched another important milestone this week with its trapped-ion quantum computing technology.

The Honeywell System Model H1 became the first quantum computer to pass the Quantum Volume 1024 benchmark, a metric introduced by IBM to measure the overall capability and performance of a quantum computing system regardless of technology.  (Calculating quantum volume requires a complex set of statistical tests.)

The achievement marks a new record for performance in terms of quantum volume, and the third set by the System Model H1 since it was launched in fall 2020.  It also fulfills a promise made last summer that Honeywell Quantum Solutions would increase the quantum volume of its commercial offerings by an order of magnitude each year for the next five years.

“We achieved what we set out to do,” said Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions.  “Our goal is to provide users with the most powerful hardware as they work on solving real world problems. We believe that being able to quantify the increases in capability is important."

This is the latest in a string of accomplishments for Honeywell Quantum Solutions, which recently announced it was combining with Cambridge Quantum Computing to form the largest stand-alone quantum computing company in the world.

Over the past year, the Honeywell team:

  • Launched two commercial computing systems. The System Model H0 was released in June 2020 followed by the System Model H1 four months later.
  • Set four industry records for quantum volume. The System Model H0 debuted with a then-record quantum volume of 64. The System Model H1 launched with a quantum volume of 128, a new record, and through system upgrades, passed the quantum volume benchmarks of 512 in March and now 1024 in July.
  • Developed and demonstrated the holographic quantum dynamics (holoQUADS) algorithm, which can accurately simulate a quantum dynamics model with fewer qubits than traditional methods.  The algorithm could lead to quantum computers running more complex scientific simulations sooner than expected.
  • Completed repeated rounds of quantum error correction and demonstrated it can detect and correct quantum errors in real-time while a computation is running.
  • Forged several new collaborations with enterprise partners and businesses, including DHL, BMW, Nippon Steel, Samsung, and others.

Kaniah Konkoly-Thege

Kaniah is Chief Legal Counsel and SVP of Government Relations for Quantinuum. In her previous role, she served as General Counsel, Honeywell Quantum Solutions. Prior to Honeywell, she was General Counsel, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC, and Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy. She was Lead Counsel before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kaniah holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and B.A., International Relations and Spanish from the College of William and Mary.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is Chief Information Officer for Quantinuum. In his previous role, he served as CIO for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and led a cross-functional team responsible for Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security. For Honeywell, Jeff has held numerous management and executive roles in Information Technology, Security, Integrated Supply Chain and Program Management. Jeff holds a B.S., Computer Science, University of Arizona. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of Commander.

Matthew Bohne

Matthew Bohne is the Vice President & Chief Product Security Officer for Honeywell Corporation. He is a passionate cybersecurity leader and executive with a proven track record of building and leading cybersecurity organizations securing energy, industrial, buildings, nuclear, pharmaceutical, and consumer sectors. He is a sought-after expert with deep experience in DevSecOps, critical infrastructure, software engineering, secure SDLC, supply chain security, privacy, and risk management.

Todd Moore

Todd Moore is the Global Vice President of Data Encryption Products at Thales. He is responsible for setting the business line and go to market strategies for an industry leading cybersecurity business. He routinely helps enterprises build solutions for a wide range of complex data security problems and use cases. Todd holds several management and technical degrees from the University of Virginia, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University and Ithaca College. He is active in his community, loves to travel and spends much of his free time supporting his family in pursuing their various passions.

John Davis

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President, Public Sector for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to prevent successful cyber breaches. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy.  Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations.