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EE Times’s Di Paolo Emilio Moderates “Quantum Software: What’s Next?’ at IQT-NYC

By IQT News posted 20 May 2021

(EETimes) At this week’s Inside Quantum Technology conference, Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio, Content Manager, AspenCore, Journalist, of EE Times Europe moderated the “Quantum Software” panel and discuss with world-class speakers from the quantum software ecosystem: Christopher Savoie, CEO and founder of Zapata Computing, Damien Nguyen, physicist and software engineer/researcher at Huawei ProjectQ, and Adriaan Rol, director Research & Development at Orange Quantum Systems.
US-based Zapata Computing is offering a platform to run classical and quantum workflows in complex hybrid environments that can be found in large enterprises. “It’s not just the algorithm itself, but it’s the entire environment; we work from the user’s problem all the way down to the hardware layer to be able to offer that advantage as the hardware emerges,” said Savoie.
Huawei Technologies is developing its own software stack for quantum computing. “We provide support to have possibly multiple types of hardware that you can use to solve the problems,” said Nguyen. “My involvement is mainly on the compiler side.”
Orange Quantum Systems is focusing on providing full stack quantum systems. “Our team has helped more than ever to develop Quantum Inspire, Europe’s first quantum computer in the cloud,” said Rol.
The advent of quantum computers has created the need for a development environment that is both accessible and easy to use. Python was built to be as readable as possible and is an early tool used in the programming of quantum computers. Python is a kind of lingua franca, as Savoie pointed out. In fact, it is a programming language that allows many people to enter many fields and design solutions at the quantum level and in machine learning, thus offering the possibility to interact with many hardware devices by having libraries that are easy to use and implement.
Standardization in quantum terms is crucial. Roll said that there is an attempt to interface the control software and make use of all the particularities of the hardware so that all experiments of a scientific nature can be done. At the same time, the platform must retain its usefulness for different configurations, thus requiring standardization.


Session Moderator Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio has worked in the research field of gravitational waves and in space research projects as a design engineer. He wonders at times if someone up there has been sending us messages that we haven’t received or been able to decrypt. Maurizio is an electronic engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Physics. Maurizio enjoys writing and telling stories about technology and electronics. His main interests are Power, Automotive, IoT, Digital. Maurizio is currently editor-in-chief of Power Electronics News and European Correspondent of EE Times. He also oversees discussions on EEWeb.com. He has written various technical and scientific articles, and a couple of books for Springer on Energy Harvesting and Data Acquisition and Control System.

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