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Q-CTRL teams with OQC to improve algorithm performance

By Dan O'Shea posted 18 Jul 2023

Quantum control engineering firm Q-CTRL has partnered with quantum hardware manufacturer Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) in a match of hardware and software that the partners say will improve algorithmic performance for quantum developers, researchers, and enterprise end-users.

A statement from the partners said that “by suppressing errors on OQC’s inherently scalable [Lucy] superconducting hardware, the partnership will push the boundaries on the types of algorithms that can be solved with real devices. Initial algorithmic benchmarking results, employing only a sample subset of Q-CTRL’s error suppression technology on OQC hardware, demonstrate vast improvements in accuracy and achievable circuit depth. The factor of performance improvement increased with qubit count, even when addressing complex algorithms with inherently higher numbers of gates, such as the Quantum Fourier Transform (QFT).”

Q-CTRL CEO and Founder Michael J. Biercuk is scheduled to present initial benchmarking results from the partners’ collaboration at this week’s Q2B Tokyo event. The companies said these results show algorithmic advantage on OQC Lucy, with more than 140 times improved probability of achieving success with the Berstein–Vazirani algorithm.

Biercuk stated, “We’re excited about the new opportunities opened by focusing on how our infrastructure software can help push their hardware to the absolute limits.”

OQC CEO Dr. Ilana Wisby added, “This partnership marks the initial phase of a broader collaboration encompassing diverse companies within the quantum ecosystem. We are very excited to work with Q-CTRL on this project phase to demonstrate the need for different teams and specialties to come together to democratize quantum computing and enable previously out-of-reach outcomes.” 

Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.

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