Quantum News Briefs: November 20th, 2023:
qBraid Lab platform now offers access to Intel’s Quantum SDK
In a significant development for the quantum computing industry, qBraid, a leading quantum computing platform, has announced a collaboration with Intel to provide access to the Intel® Quantum Software Development Kit (SDK). This makes qBraid the first provider outside of Intel to offer this advanced technology. The SDK, available to both free and paying users of qBraid, includes over 25 quantum computing software packages for easy download into the qBraid Lab Integrated Developer Environment (IDE). The Intel Quantum SDK features an LLVM*-based compiler with quantum extensions and a quantum runtime for basic instructions to quantum hardware, including a state-vector simulator and a quantum dot simulator backend based on Intel’s qubit hardware. This collaboration, which follows successful pilot courses at Ohio State University, represents a crucial step in democratizing quantum computing knowledge and development. qBraid’s CEO and Co-Founder, Kanav Setia, views the addition of the Intel Quantum SDK as a major milestone in establishing qBraid as a central platform for the quantum computing ecosystem.
Diraq Leadership Claims: ‘Commercially relevant’ quantum computer in five years
Diraq, under the leadership of founder and CEO Dr. Andrew Dzurak, believes it is poised to make significant advancements in the quantum computing field, with plans to build a quantum computer in Australia capable of solving commercially relevant problems within the next five years. The company’s ambitious roadmap includes producing fault-tolerant, error-corrected quantum computers based on millions of qubits within a decade. Dr. Dzurak, a prominent figure in the global commercial quantum industry, is pioneering a novel approach to quantum computing by leveraging existing silicon semiconductor manufacturing processes. This method promises to achieve quantum computing at a scale of billions of qubits faster than any competing research. Diraq’s approach, rooted in standard transistor modifications and CMOS technology, builds on decades of Australian research in silicon-based quantum technology. Despite the lack of local chip foundries for its sub-30 nanometre scale qubits, Diraq is establishing partnerships with foundries in the US and Europe, aiming to demonstrate high-fidelity qubits in the near future. This initiative represents a major stride in commercializing quantum computing, which is expected to profoundly impact the world.
Kenna Hughes-Castleberry is a staff writer at Inside Quantum Technology and the Science Communicator at JILA (a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and NIST). Her writing beats include deep tech, quantum computing, and AI. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Ars Technica, and more.