I have noticed that some CNOT gates (for instance, between qubits 1 and 2 in ibmq_casablanca) display an error rate of 1 while typical error rates are of course much smaller. How is that even possible? What does it mean?


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Great observation!

The devices are calibrated daily(ish) and sometimes a bad calibration requires a "rerun". The value 1 is some sort of flag that something went wrong with the calibration.

casablanca calibration values with connection 1_2 = 1

Noise-aware transpilation algorithms will try to avoid that gate as will be presented as particularly noisy.

Thanks @paul-nation for the help answering this question!

  • $\begingroup$ Nice (+1). That is a clever way to help the transpiler to distinguish and ignore faulty qubits. $\endgroup$
    – KAJ226
    Commented May 17, 2021 at 17:57

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