The quantum revolution is on its way. Whilst researchers are still finding the killer applications that take Quantum Computing into prime time that hasn’t stopped developers learning the basis of Quantum Computing and how to program qubits in a range of devices and simulators that come from the Likes of IBM, Microsoft and Google plus lesser known start-ups such as CQC (Cambridge Quantum Computing) and Xanadu.
The results are in. We had some fun collecting data from out latest survey on what Quantum computing platform is most popular. Out of the four possible providers, it turns out that the IBM Q was the favorite provider.
The quantum machine learning platform from Xanadu: Pennylane will now support Ion trapped qubits provided from AQT. Xanadu has its own photonic systems but adding AQT’s hardware to the line-up will provide alternative hardware for users.
The Quantum Cloud is much like the computing cloud that we all typically know about and use (often unknowingly). Services such as AWS (amazon web services) are cloud services which means that companies such as QuantumZeitgeist do not need to run on rack of our own physical hardware. Making sense in today’s technological climate, the NSF is making funds available for those wanting to use Cloud Quantum Computing as a service with the aim of enhancing certain key areas.
D-Wave Systems announced largest-ever global quantum cloud contract with Sigma-i, a company in Japan formed to optimize the world with quantum computing technologies. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access to the D-Wave 2000Q family of systems to companies, universities, and research laboratories throughout Japan. You can read more here: https://insidehpc.com/2019/07/d-wave-announces-largest-ever-quantum-cloud-access-contract/
Companies ranging from IBM to Microsoft, and even Google are now working on quantum computing devices. Quantum computing is starting to become a term which is becoming used more commonly. And we are, I think, potentially at the turning point where quantum computing is entering the Zeitgeist or the common consciousness when the whole world has cannot escape technological developments as fundamental as Quantum Computing.