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‘Evolution of Quantum Computing Software’

By IQT News posted 22 Mar 2019

(Xanadu.ai)  IQT received and is sharing Xanadu’s presentation abstract from the “Evolution of Quantum Computing Software” from the Computing Track in Boston this week at the “The Future of Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Sensors” Summit.  We will be sharing additional summaries from more of the Boston sessions in the coming days.
Xanadu.ai explained that: Quantum software has evolved at a dizzying pace in the last 20 years. From its beginning as a tool for single-use research in academia in the 1990s, we now have an ecosystem of industry-backed open-source frameworks, allowing us to access and control quantum devices that are available now, to the public, over the cloud. These frameworks are generally low-level, designed by physicists around the hardware they target today. With increasing interest from industry, we are starting to see a shift away from academics using these devices purely for research, and thinking about how we can instead utilize these software platforms for problems in industry.
Xanadu is a photonic quantum computing and advanced artificial intelligence company based in Toronto. Xanadu designs and integrate quantum silicon photonic chips into existing hardware, and provide the supporting software solutions to create truly full-stack quantum computing.
The presenter Josh Izaac holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Western Australia, specializing in quantum information and quantum algorithms, with a strong focus on computational physics. He currently works as a quantum software engineer and quantum machine learning researcher at Xanadu. Izaac’s book ‘Computational Quantum Mechanics’, covering everything from a physicists introduction to #Python and #Fortran, is available on Amazon.

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