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Amazon Launches Braket Direct, Offering Private Access to Quantum Computing Units QPUs

29 November 2023 at 14:52
Amazon has launched Braket Direct, a programme offering quantum researchers private access to quantum processing units (QPUs) without queues or wait times. The service also provides expert guidance and early access to limited-availability features and devices. Users can reserve entire machines for a period on IonQ Aria, QuEra Aquila, and Rigetti Aspen-M-3 devices. They can also engage with experts from IonQ, Oxford Quantum Circuits, QuEra, Rigetti, or Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab. The service offers access to experimental capabilities, starting with IonQ’s 30-qubit Forte device. Braket Direct is available in all AWS Regions where Amazon Braket is available.

Qiskit Ecosystem Revamps for Community-Led Development, Welcomes New Partners

29 November 2023 at 11:54
The Qiskit Ecosystem, a quantum computing platform developed by IBM, has undergone significant changes to enhance community involvement in algorithm and application development. The qiskit.algorithms has been migrated to a standalone package, qiskit-algorithms, allowing for more flexible development cycles. The Qiskit applications modules, including qiskit-nature, qiskit-machine-learning, qiskit-optimization, and qiskit-finance, have also been moved to the qiskit-community GitHub organization. New maintainers from IBM Quantum partner institutions, including Algorithmiq, STFC Hartree Centre, and Quantagonia, have been welcomed. The changes aim to simplify the code base and make the libraries more accessible to external contributors.

Quantum Computing and Computational Biology: Peptide Binding Classification on Quantum Computers

29 November 2023 at 11:07
Researchers from Quantinuum and Amgen have conducted a study on using quantum computers for computational biology. They built quantum models to perform sequence classification relevant to the design of therapeutic proteins. The models were run on emulators of state-of-the-art noisy quantum processors and then on the Quantinuum H1-1 trapped-ion quantum processor. The results were in close agreement with noiseless exact simulation. This work is the first application of near-term quantum computing to a task critical to the design of therapeutic proteins, suggesting potential for larger-scale applications in this and related fields. The work is published in Arxiv, "Peptide Binding Classification on Quantum Computers".

Riverlane Selected for DARPA’s Quantum Benchmarking Phase 2, Aiming to Advance Quantum Computing

28 November 2023 at 21:00
Riverlane has been chosen for Phase 2 of the Quantum Benchmarking programme funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The programme aims to develop key quantum computing metrics for practical problems. Riverlane's CEO, Steve Brierley, stated that the programme aligns with their mission to make quantum computing useful sooner. The company is working with universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney to identify benchmarks for practical problems in various fields. Principal Quantum Scientist at Riverlane, Hari Krovi, highlighted the importance of fault tolerance in quantum computing.
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Atom Computing Achieves High-Fidelity Quantum Error Correction in 171Yb Atomic Array.

By: The Quant
27 November 2023 at 14:54
Atom Computing, a Boulder-based company, has developed a scalable, high-fidelity method for midcircuit measurement in quantum computing. The team used a single-species tweezer array of neutral 171Yb atoms to perform nondestructive state-selective and site-selective detection. This allows a subset of qubits to be measured while causing only percent-level errors on the remaining qubits. The technique also demonstrated the ability to reuse ancilla qubits and perform conditional refilling of ancilla sites to correct for occasional atom loss, while maintaining the coherence of data qubits. The research was led by M. A. Norcia and B. J. Bloom.

Exascale Supercomputers Revolutionise Material Simulations, Paving Way for Fuel-Efficient Cars and Novel Superconductors

25 November 2023 at 10:06
Researchers at the University of Michigan have used the world's most powerful supercomputer, Frontier, to simulate the behaviour of up to 600,000 electrons within a microscopic chunk of a magnesium alloy. This breakthrough could lead to the design of lightweight alloys for fuel-efficient cars and airplanes. Frontier, located at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is capable of 1.1 billion billion operations per second. It is expected to be surpassed by Aurora, another US supercomputer, which will aid in designing more fuel-efficient airplanes and predicting patient responses to cancer treatments.

Quantum Application Lab Receives €1.2M Grant to Boost Quantum Tech, Strengthen Amsterdam’s Economy

By: The Quant
25 November 2023 at 10:04
The Quantum Application Lab (QAL) in Amsterdam has received a 1.2 million euro grant from the Amsterdam municipality. This funding will allow QAL to expand its operations and increase its activity in quantum computing application development. The grant follows a recent one from Quantum Delta NL, supported by the National Growth Fund. QAL will use the funds to hire new quantum innovation officers, a role crucial in translating academic knowledge into practical benefits. The QAL consortium includes the University of Amsterdam, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, SURF, the Netherlands eScience Centre, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, and Quantum Inspire.

UK and South Korea Forge Landmark Accord: Boosting AI, Space, and Quantum Tech Collaboration

24 November 2023 at 15:46
The UK and the Republic of Korea have signed a series of science and tech deals, including commitments on AI, semiconductors, and space. The agreements were signed by UK Secretary of State Michelle Donelan, Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Bang Moon-kyu, and Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong Ho. The deals include a Β£4.5 million fund for joint research and innovation partnerships. The two countries will co-host the next AI Safety Summit. The agreements also include a new Framework for Semiconductor Cooperation, a Digital Partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding on space cooperation, and a dialogue on quantum.

Chinese Scientists Enhance Security of Zero-Knowledge Proofs with Quantum Technology

24 November 2023 at 07:57
A team led by Prof. Jianwei and Prof. Qiang from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has improved the security of non-interactive zero-knowledge proof (NIZKP), a cryptographic tool used in digital signatures, blockchain, and identity authentication. The team used a quantum random number generator to create a public service system that broadcasts secure random numbers in real time. They also developed a quantum secure signature algorithm to ensure the integrity of these numbers during transmission. This research combines quantum nonlocality, quantum secure algorithm, and zero-knowledge proof, enhancing the security of NIZKP.

Immanuel Bloch Wins Stern Gerlach Medal for Groundbreaking Quantum Simulations Research

By: The Quant
24 November 2023 at 07:04
Immanuel Bloch, Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Chairholder at the Ludwig Maximilian University, has been awarded the Stern Gerlach Medal by the German Physical Society. The award recognises his pioneering research on quantum simulations with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. Bloch's work has led to a new interdisciplinary field of quantum physics that combines many-body physics, quantum information science, and quantum optics. The award will be officially presented at the society's annual conference in March 2024.

Kipu Quantum Joins DLR’s BASIQ Project for Quantum Battery Material Simulation

23 November 2023 at 06:17
German quantum software company, Kipu Quantum, has joined the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative's (DLR QCI) project, BASIQ. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, aims to develop battery material simulations on an atomic level for gate-based quantum computers. Kipu Quantum's unique algorithms, which require significantly less circuit depth to solve problems, will be used in the project. The company's technology has applications in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, logistics, artificial intelligence, and finance. Prof. Enrique Solano and Dr. Daniel Volz, co-founders of Kipu Quantum, expressed their enthusiasm for the collaboration.

Texas A&M Researchers Use Quantum Computing to Uncover New Genetic Links

By: The Quant
22 November 2023 at 19:59
Researchers at Texas A&M University have used quantum computing to assist with genetic research, discovering new links between genes. The team used the technology to map gene regulatory networks (GRNs), which show how genes can activate or deactivate each other. Published in npj Quantum Information, the study suggests quantum computing could help predict gene relationships more accurately, with potential implications for human and animal medicine. The team, including Ph.D. student Cristhian Roman Vicharra, found quantum computing allowed for more complex gene comparisons than traditional computing. The researchers plan to compare healthy cells with diseased or mutated ones in future.

Quantum Scientists Discover β€˜Perfect Switch’ Phenomenon in Purple Bronze: Potentially Useful in Quantum Devices

By: The Quant
22 November 2023 at 19:37
Scientists at the University of Bristol, led by Professor Nigel Hussey, have discovered a rare phenomenon in purple bronze, a unique one-dimensional metal, that could be key to creating a 'perfect switch' in quantum devices. The material can flip between being an insulator and a superconductor, a versatility known as 'emergent symmetry'. This could offer an ideal On/Off switch in future quantum technology. The research, which began 13 years ago, was published in Science. The team included Dr Piotr Chudzinski, now a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, and PhD students Xiaofeng Xu, Nick Wakeham, and Maarten Berben.

UK Quantum: 5 Quantum Missions in National Quantum Strategy

By: The Quant
22 November 2023 at 17:32
The British government has announced five Quantum Missions to build the United Kingdom's capabilities in Quantum Computing and Quantum technology. Announced on the 22nd of November 2023, the National Quantum Strategy Missions have five specific missions, which include building a quantum computer capable of running 1 trillionΒ calculations by 2035. There is also the aim to create a Quantum Internet, use quantum sensing within the NHS and quantum sensors in various sectors, and utilize quantum clocks deployed across the critical infrastructure in the transport, telecoms, energy, and defense sectors.

What are Qubits? A brief look into the fundamental technology driving Quantum Computers

By: The Quant
20 November 2023 at 11:36
Qubits, or quantum bits, are the fundamental units of quantum information. Unlike classical bits, which can be either 0 or 1, qubits can exist in a superposition of both states simultaneously. This property, along with quantum entanglement (where qubits become interconnected and the state of one instantly affects the state of another, regardless of distance). The principles of quantum mechanics govern the behavior of qubits, and harnessing their unique properties gives quantum computers their potential power.

Quantum Physicist Prof. Andreas Reiserer on the Challenges of the Quantum Internet

By: The Quant
20 November 2023 at 09:16
Research is currently underway to develop a quantum internet, which could revolutionise certain fields. The technology is still in its early stages, with scientists focusing on fundamental questions such as the possibility of connecting systems and disseminating quantum states globally. The potential applications of this technology could be revolutionary, with many yet to be conceived. Quantum physicist Prof. Andreas Reiserer from the Technical University of Munich talks about the challenges of the Quantum Internet.
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