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QCI Launches QikStart Program for Business Adoption of Quantum Computing

By IQT News posted 27 Jan 2021

(InsideHPC) Quantum Computing Inc. has unveiled QikStart, a program that partners QCI with selected participants to accelerate adoption of quantum computing for solving mission-critical problems for business.
QikStart will provide access to QCI’s industry-leading quantum acceleration platform, expert resources, and funding to explore and push the boundaries of quantum computing for delivering practical business results. QCI focuses on solving a set of some of the most complex computational problems, known as constrained optimization. Solutions to these problems optimize critical applications for business such as supply chain, logistics, drug discovery, cybersecurity, transportation and others.
“The goal of QCI’s QikStart program is to collaborate with business partners to accelerate the time to quantum advantage,” said Robert Liscouski, CEO at QCI. “We’re putting our time and resources behind this momentous effort to deliver quantum solutions that will contribute to, and ultimately surpass, the performance and quality of classic computing.
“By delivering affordable, practical solutions for non-quantum programming experts, we’ve taken a giant step in democratizing quantum computing. The real-world use cases we expect to develop under this program will demonstrate how businesses of all kinds can drive competitive advantages right now by leveraging powerful quantum techniques.”
Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with QCI’s industry partners, major universities and others. This expanded access to valuable quantum resources and experts in the fields of science, mathematics, security, technology, and business processes will serve to further accelerate quantum endeavors.
QCI’s chief technology officer, Mike Booth, will be leading the QikStart Program. He previously spent 20 years at Cray Research and five years at Silicon Graphics before joining D-Wave Systems, the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers, where he developed advanced qbsolv and benchmarking algorithms.

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