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Quantum News Briefs December 8: Q-CTRL Releases Free Access to Fire Opal for End Users; CA quantum computing firm Bleximo sets up satellite at Albany Nanotech; Admiral Mike Rogers Joins Quantum Xchange’s Board of Directors + MORE

Quantum News Briefs December 8 begins with Q-CTRL’s announcement of free access to Fire Opal for end-users; CA’s quantum computing firm Bleximo setting up satellite at Albany Nanotech; Admiral Mike Rogers Joins Quantum Xchange’s Board of Directors + MORE from Strangeworks.


Q-CTRL, has announced the release of Fire Opal, a user-friendly software package designed to enable algorithm developers to get useful results from today’s imperfect quantum computers. Quantum News Briefs summarizes the announcement below..
Quantum computing is expected to transform sectors from discovery and logistics to finance. However, most quantum computers are so error prone that they can run only the shortest and simplest algorithms before errors build up and render the calculations useless. Improving the quality of results returned by quantum processors is essential for quantum computers to deliver true value.
Fire Opal allows quantum algorithm developers in business and research to run more valuable algorithms on today’s quantum computers by reducing performance-limiting errors automatically. Early algorithm developers at large enterprises from banking, technology consulting, and investment management have become enthusiastic advocates of this transformational new product.
It delivers the same technology Q-CTRL researchers used to achieve up to 9,000x improvements in how likely quantum algorithms were to produce the right answer on quantum computers. This technology is now available as a fully automated software package free for any user via the cloud, enabling developers to improve quantum algorithm performance and achieve otherwise unattainable results from real quantum computers.
Fire Opal is hardware agnostic. The initial release includes integration with quantum hardware via IBM quantum devices, with more backend providers coming soon, enabling users to optimize algorithm execution on real quantum processors accessible via the cloud. Click here to read complete announcement.


California quantum computing firm Bleximo to set up satellite at Albany Nanotech

California quantum computing firm Bleximo Corp. announced plans this week to set up satellite operations at the state’s Albany Nanotech complex. Quantum News Briefs summarizes below.
Bleximo is based in Berkeley but will set up an office at Albany Nanotech where it can work on system designs and prototyping as well as marketing, the company said. It will also set up a research program with NY CREATES, the state-run umbrella organization that oversees the Albany Nanotech complex and its tenants, which include IBM and others.
Alexei Marchenkov, CEO of Bleximo, said the Albany Nanotech complex will allow it to rapidly develop its superconducting photonic chip systems.
“NY CREATES’ technical capabilities as well as a track record of successfully supporting technology commercialization efforts, make it a unique hub for Bleximo’s aggressive development and commercialization schedule of its next-generation quantum computing systems,” Marchenkov said.
David Anderson, president of NY CREATES, said Albany Nanotech’s “world-class facilities” and partnerships will speed up that development.  Click here to ready original article in-entirety.


Admiral Mike Rogers Joins Quantum Xchange’s Board of Directors

Quantum Xchange announced Retired Admiral Michael S. Rogers has joined the company’s board of directors. Rogers will advise the company on its go-to-market strategy and the continued innovation and adoption of Phio TX, the groundbreaking enterprise cryptography management platform and key delivery system used by commercial enterprises, government agencies, and their partners. Quantum News Briefs summarizes the announcement.
Rogers joins existing board members including John N. Stewart former Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco Systems; Brian McGovern of AlpX; Rick Golden retired Senior Executive at Accenture turned private investor; Quantum Xchange CEO Eddy Zervigon; and Founding CEO Hal Chapel.
Mike Rogers is a retired United States Navy admiral that served as the second commander of the United States Cyber Command. He also served as the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Chief of Central Security Service (CSS). As a key cybersecurity leader under President Obama and President Trump, Rogers has an unparalleled track record working closely with the United States government, Department of Defense, and intelligence community, and assisting in the development of national and international policy related to cybersecurity, intelligence, and technology.
Admiral Rogers’s background will serve Quantum Xchange well as the government has proven to be early adopters of quantum-safe technologies, recognizing the immediate threat of “harvest now, decrypt later” attacks and the monumental task ahead in securing the nation’s data and communications networks from future threats including quantum attack. Recent government mandates including NSM-8 and NSM-10 show the federal government is taking the quantum threat seriously, putting an emphasis on quantum-resistant cryptography for federal cybersecurity planning. Visit the Quantum Xchange Government Resource Center for more information.  Click here for announcement in-entirety.


BosonQ Psi to integrate the world’s first quantum-powered engineering simulation software sith the Strangeworks ecosystem

Strangeworks has announced its partnership with BosonQ Psi (BQP) by being the quantum system provider for BQP’s simulation platform, BQPhy™, the world’s first quantum-powered engineering simulation software for enterprise customers in aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, biotech, and many others. Quantum News Briefs summarizes below.With this partnership, BQP’s customers can now harness a wide range of quantum computers, including quantum gate based systems, quantum annealing systems, and quantum inspired solutions seamlessly from within the BQPhy software. The Strangeworks platform provides the flexibility to easily integrate an entire quantum ecosystem into the products of the quantum software vendors. This seamless integration enables the company’s software to automatically select the appropriate quantum resources at the exact moment in time the resource is required; based on a variety of factors including availability, time, budget, number of qubits, decoherence and gate times.
BosonQ Psi exemplifies how end-user application providers benefit from a single source solution explicitly designed to deliver quantum capabilities to their customer base. Both hardware and software companies can take advantage of the Strangeworks quantum ecosystem to enable system to system integrations, eliminating the need for subject matter experts to understand quantum mechanics, be technically knowledgeable about the various quantum hardware systems, or even have to select the appropriate hardware for their tasks.
To get started with the BosonQ Psi software, BQPhy, request access at or apply via the Strangeworks Backstage Pass program at Click here to read announcement in-entirety.


Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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