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Riverlane Awarded DARPA Quantum Benchmarking Program Grant

29 November 2023 at 11:32
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Insider Brief

  • Riverlane has been selected for the next phase of DARPA’s Quantum Benchmarking program.
  • The program’s aim is to design key quantum computing metrics.
  • Riverlane will be working with top tier universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney.

PRESS RELEASE — Riverlane has been selected for Phase 2 of the Quantum Benchmarking program funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The aim of the DARPA Quantum Benchmarking program is to design key quantum computing metrics for practically relevant problems and estimate the required quantum and classical resources needed to reach critical performance thresholds.

Steve Brierley, CEO and Founder of Riverlane, said: “Riverlane’s mission is to make quantum computing useful sooner, starting an era of human progress as significant as the industrial and digital revolutions. The DARPA Quantum Benchmarking program aligns with this goal, helping the quantum community measure progress and maintain momentum as we reach unlock quantum error correction and enable fault tolerance.”

Fault tolerance is increasingly seen as a requirement for reaching useful quantum advantage. To achieve this, the errors that quantum bits (qubits) are prone to must be corrected. Simply put, quantum error correction is the enabling technology for fault tolerance.

Hardware companies, academic groups and national labs have demonstrated significant progress with small quantum error-corrected systems, but there remain many challenges for controlling fault-tolerant devices at scale.

In the DARPA Quantum Benchmarking project, Riverlane is working with top tier universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney to identify important benchmarks for practical problems especially in the fields of plasma physics, fluid dynamics, condensed matter and high energy physics. The team is building tools to estimate the quantum and classical resources needed to implement quantum algorithms to solve the benchmark problems at scale.

Hari Krovi, Principal Quantum Scientist at Riverlane, explained: “Fault tolerance will result in significant overheads, both in terms of qubit count and calculation time and it is important to take this into consideration when comparing to classical techniques. It has been known for some time that mild speed-ups such as a quadratic speed-up can disappear when the fault tolerance overhead is considered. There are many different approaches to fault tolerance to consider and each one leads to overheads that can vary by many orders of magnitude.”

Krovi added: “One area of consideration is the choice of quantum code to help identify and correct errors in the system. There are many different choices that lead to fault tolerance and each of these leads to different overheads. The Surface Code is a popular choice, and the team is focussing on estimates based on this approach.”

The work being done in this program provides a quantitative understanding of practical quantum advantage and can inform whether and how disruptive quantum computing is in various fields.

AWS Reveals Quantum Chip That Suppresses Bit Flip Errors by 100X

29 November 2023 at 11:28

Insider Brief

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new quantum computer chip focused on enhancing error correction.
  • The company said that the chip, which is fabricated in-house, can suppress bit flip errors by 100x using a passive error correction approach.
  • By combining both passive and active error correction approaches, the chip could theoretically achieve quantum error correction six times more efficiently than standard methods.
  • Image:  Peter Desantis, senior vice president of AWS utility computing products. Credit: AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new quantum computer chip focused on enhancing error correction, a pivotal — if not the pivotal — aspect in the evolution of quantum computing. Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support at AWS, detailed the features and implications of this development in a keynote address in Las Vegas at AWS’s re:Invent conference for the global cloud computing community.

The AWS team has been working on a custom-designed quantum device, a chip totally fabricated in-house, which takes an innovative approach to error correction, according to DeSantis.

“By separating the bit flips from the phase flips, we’ve been able to suppress bit flip errors by 100x using a passive error correction approach. This allows us to focus our active error correction on just those phase flips,” DeSantis stated.

He highlighted that combining both passive and active error correction approaches could theoretically achieve quantum error correction six times more efficiently than standard methods. This development represents an essential step towards creating hardware-efficient and scalable quantum error correction.

In a LinkedIn post, Simone Severini, general manager of quantum technologies at AWS, writes that AWS’s logical qubit is both hardware-efficient and scalable.

He writes that the chip uses a special oscillator-based qubit to suppresses bit flip errors. A much simpler outer error-correcting code protects the phase flip errors.

Severini added, “It is based on a superconducting quantum circuit technology that “prints” qubits on the surface of a silicon microchip, making it highly scalable in the number of physical qubits. This scalability allows one to exponentially suppress the total logical error rate by adding more physical qubits to the chip. Other approaches based on similar oscillator-based qubits rely on large 3D resonant cavities, that need to be manually pieced together.”

Error Correction Progress

DeSantis said that the effort on error correction is important because, despite advancements, qubits remain too noisy for practical use in solving complex problems.

“15 years ago, the state of the art was one error every 10 Quantum operations. Today, we’ve improved to about one error per 1000 Quantum operations. This 100x improvement in 15 years is significant. However, the quantum algorithms that excite us require billions of operations without an error,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis outlined the challenges in current quantum computing, noting that with a 0.1% error rate, each logical qubit requires thousands of physical qubits. He mentioned that quantum computers are not yet where they need to be to tackle big, complex problems. The potential for improvements through error correction represents the surest bet for more practical quantum computing.

“With a further improvement in physical qubit error rate, we can reduce the overhead of error correction significantly,” he said.

Early Stages

Although DeSantis cautioned that the journey to an error-corrected quantum computer is still in its early stages, he emphasized the importance of this development.

“This step taken is an important part of developing the hardware efficient and scalable quantum error correction that we need to solve interesting problems on a quantum computer,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis hopes this development could accelerate the progress towards practical and reliable quantum computing, potentially revolutionizing industries like pharmaceuticals, materials science, and financial services.

Multiverse Computing Pioneers Quantum Digital Twin Project to Boost Green Hydrogen Production

29 November 2023 at 11:25
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Insider Brief

  • Multiverse Computing used a digital twin and quantum optimization to boost the efficiency of green hydrogen production.
  • The advance could lead to improving the economics of hydrogen production and reducing a significant source of greenhouse gas.
  • Multiverse’s partners include IDEA Ingeniería and AMETIC, Spain’s digital industry association.

PRESS RELEASE —  Multiverse Computing, a global leader in value-based quantum computing and machine learning solutions, has used a digital twin and quantum optimization to boost the efficiency of green hydrogen production. This work could change the economics of hydrogen production and reduce a significant source of greenhouse gas.

Multiverse’s partners in this work are IDEA Ingeniería, an engineering firm that specializes in renewable projects and digital twins, and AMETIC, Spain’s digital industry association. IDEA developed the digital twin ecosystem for optimizing the generation of green hydrogen. AMETIC is coordinating the overall project.

The quantum digital twin numerically simulates a green hydrogen production plant by using operating parameters of the plant as inputs. By using quantum algorithms to optimize the electrolysis process used for green hydrogen generation, the developed solution achieves a 5% increase in H2 production and associated revenue delivered by the quantum solver compared to the classical solver.

“Electrolysers are currently deployed at a small scale, making hydrogen production costly, so they require significant scale up in an affordable way,” said Enrique Lizaso Olmos, CEO of Multiverse Computing. “This project demonstrates how quantum algorithms can improve the production of green hydrogen to make renewable energy more cost-effective today and in the future.”

Using a classical solver to optimize hydrogen production, the virtual plant delivered 62,579 kg of green H2 and revenue of 154,204 euros. By using quantum-inspired tensor networks with Multiverse’s Singularity, the quantum approach delivered 65,421 kg and revenue of 160,616 euros. This represents a 5% increase in hydrogen production and a 5% increase in revenues produced.

“Green hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition towards a more sustainable and ecological energy landscape,” said Emilio Sanchez, Founder and CEO of IDEA Ingeniería. “The consortium’s continued progress in developing quantum solutions alongside other green technologies can help alleviate the effects of global warming.”

Currently, it’s more expensive to produce green hydrogen than traditional grey hydrogen.1 The traditional method uses electricity—usually generated by coal or natural gas—to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Green hydrogen is produced from renewable sources.

About 70 million tons of hydrogen are produced every year and used to refine oil and make ammonia-based fertilizer. The grey hydrogen production process generates between 9 and 12 tons of carbon dioxide for every one ton of hydrogen produced.2 Green hydrogen created from renewable sources is a clean-burning fuel that could reduce emissions from heating and industrial processes such as the production of steel, cement, and fertilizer.

Green hydrogen also could enable more efficient energy storage, as compressed hydrogen tanks can store energy for long periods of time and weigh less than lithium-ion batteries. In addition, it could make the transportation industry greener by decarbonizing shipping, aviation, and trucking.

Multiverse’s future plans for the initiative include increasing the input parameters to create a more realistic quantum digital twin and working with an energy company to validate the digital model, and continue working on the improvement of the quantum solution developed.

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Alibaba Donates Quantum Equipment to Chinese University

28 November 2023 at 12:05
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Insider Brief

  • Alibaba Group donates quantum computing equipment to Zhejiang University.
  • The news comes after reports that DAMO Academy close its quantum lab.
  • The move to half quantum operations appears to have been abrupt because the company was recruiting quantum experts just four months ago.

Alibaba Group’s DAMO Academy, the company’s deep tech research since its inception by former CEO Jack Ma in 2017, has chosen to contribute its quantum computing resources to the academic sphere, donating its laboratory and equipment to Zhejiang University, local Chinese sources are reporting.

Zhejiang University is home to a well-respected quantum information group that investigates several quantum computing approaches and architectures.

The news appears to confirm reports from several sources late last week that indicated Alibaba shut down operations at its Quantum Laboratory, amidst a broader reassessment of its research initiatives. Alibaba halted its cloud computing division’s IP and brought in new leadership, CNBC reported last week.

The move also suggests that Alibaba’s quantum efforts will not be absorbed by other units within the company, but will be completely scrapped.

According to the media outlet, Caixin, the decision aligns with Alibaba’s commitment to academic collaboration, providing Zhejiang University, along with other institutions, access to cutting-edge tools to continue quantum research.

The transition occurs shortly after layoffs were reported at the Quantum Lab, affecting over 30 employees amidst budget and profitability revisions.

The outlet reported that the closure of the lab was unexpected. The DAMO Academy had continued to recruit for quantum computing roles into July, suggesting the abruptness of the decision.

Alibaba’s move reflects a broader trend in the tech industry, particularly in the deep tech industry, where commercial entities often partner with academic institutions to advance scientific research.

According to The Quantum Insider’s China’s Quantum Computing Market brief, Alibaba is a diverse tech conglomerate that has been active in quantum since 2015. The company’s Quantum Lab Academy teaching employees and students about the prospects of quantum computing. Alibaba’s Quantum Laboratory is a full-stack R&D service offering an 11-qubit quantum cloud platform. According to some reports, Alibaba invested about $15 billion into emerging technologies such as quantum.

PASQAL and Investissement Québec Launch a $90 Million Quantum Computing Initiative

28 November 2023 at 11:57
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Insider Brief

  • PASQAL announced the launch of a $90 million quantum technology initiative over five years in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
  • The project includes quantum computer manufacturing and commercialization activities, as well as research and development.
  • Officials expect the creation of 53 jobs.

PRESS RELEASE — PASQAL, a leader in the development of neutral-atom quantum computers, announced the launch of a $90 million quantum technology initiative over five years in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The project aims to conduct manufacturing and commercialization activities for quantum computers, as well as research and development in collaboration with academic and industrial partners in quantum computing within DistriQ, a quantum innovation zone. The goal of this innovation zone is to establish Sherbrooke as an internationally renowned quantum hub. The Government of Quebec is providing a $15 million loan in connection with this investment project for the establishment of PASQAL SAS’s subsidiary in the quantum innovation zone, DISTRIQ, based in Sherbrooke. Moreover, the project is expected to create 53 permanent jobs over the course of five years.

Inauguration of Espace Quantique 1: A New Era for Quantum Computing

On November 24, during an official ceremony, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, officially announced the opening of Espace Quantique 1 alongside the Minister of Economy, Innovation, and Energy, and the Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development and the Minister for the Metropolis and the Montreal Region, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon. The CEO of PASQAL, Georges-Olivier Reymond, Chief Technical Officer Loïc Henriet, co-founders Christophe Jurczak and Nobel Prize laureate Alain Aspect, were also present.

Strategic Collaboration between PASQAL and Investissement Québec

PASQAL will play a key role in this initiative, not only as a major partner of DistriQ within Espace Quantique 1, but also in the production, development of technological laboratories, training, and funding for new ventures in the quantum field. The initiative stands as one of the most ambitious endeavors in North America within the field of quantum computing.

An Ambitious Initiative for the Future of Quantum in North America

PASQAL’s presence in Sherbrooke represents a major step in the evolution of quantum computing. “Thanks to this unprecedented collaboration between the private and public sectors, we are creating an environment leading to major technological advancements, especially in terms of sustainable development,” emphasizes Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of PASQAL. “We aim to actively participate in the creation of a dynamic ecosystem that will serve as a catalyst for innovation in the quantum industry, while attracting talent and companies from all over the world.”

Investments in Infrastructure and Innovation: The Factory and Espace Quantique 1

In 2024, PASQAL will open a facility at the heart of DistriQ, within Espace Quantique 1, aimed at manufacturing neutral atom quantum computers and the next generation of machines. Quantum Space 1 will also provide a collaborative space of nearly 5,000 square meters dedicated to quantum innovation. Equipped with advanced quantum computers, it will be utilized, among other purposes, by PASQAL as an R&D center, for prototype testing, and for business activities in Canada.

Training and Talent Attraction: PASQAL’s Commitment to Education

DistriQ also focuses on training talent. In this context, PASQAL announced a contribution of $500,000 to the creation of a research chair within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke, which will also benefit from federal and/or local grants.

Support for Startups: The DistriQ Ecosystem and Its Partners

Quantonation, and the Quebec fund Quantacet will collaborate to fund QV Studio, that will support the transition to commercial quantum applications, creating a unique ecosystem within DistriQ for sector startups. This fund aims to invest in around fifteen Quebec-based or foreign companies, especially at the pre-seed or seed stage, that are active within the DistriQ innovation zone. It will foster the development of a strong and internationally competitive Quebec ecosystem in this future-oriented sector.”

Christophe Jurczak, CEO of Quantonation and co-founder of PASQAL, states: “Espace Quantique 1 will become a leading center of innovation, facilitating the transition of quantum startups from concept to commercialization and forming a dynamic community around quantum technologies.”

SQE, Quantum Blockchains Announce Collaboration to Develop Quantum-Secure Blockchain

28 November 2023 at 11:47
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Insider Brief

  • SQE announced it will collaborate with Quantum Blockchains.
  • The partnership leverages SQE’s expertise in quantum security technologies with Quantum Blockchains’ specialized knowledge of blockchain security and advancing quantum cryptography.
  • Dr. Mirek Sopek, CEO of Quantum Blockchains, will also join SQE as a Scientific Advisor.

PRESS RELEASE — SQE, a revolutionary, quantum-secure blockchain platform powered by patent-pending technology, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Quantum Blockchains, an innovative European startup dedicated to enhancing blockchain security and advancing quantum cryptography.

The companies aim to leverage SQE’s expertise in quantum security technologies powered by Simulated Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Blockchains’ specialized knowledge of systems based on Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Random Number Generators and Post-Quantum Cryptography to explore opportunities to further develop their respective technologies. Additionally, Dr. Mirek Sopek, CEO of Quantum Blockchains, will join SQE as a Scientific Advisor.

“Dr. Sopek is a recognized expert in quantum blockchain, quantum security, quantum key distribution and an authority in quantum computing. His knowledge will be invaluable in standardizing our technology to NIST standards, as well as in further developing our state-of-the-art platform,” said Hamid Pishdadian, SQE’s CEO and founder.

“SQE Holdings, led by renowned American inventor Hamid Pishdadian, holder of numerous United States Patents, is currently pioneering the development of a visionary blockchain technology based on simulated quantum entanglement. In a significant collaboration, Quantum Blockchains, our startup, sees an invaluable opportunity to rigorously test our methodology, which relies on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC), and Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) technologies. This partnership allows us to benchmark our approach against SQE’s simulated entanglement technology,” said Dr. Mirek Sopek, CEO and founder of Quantum Blockchains.

The collaboration between these two companies and the shared strength of their technologies creates incredible innovation potential in the development of a quantum-secured blockchain system. SQE and Quantum Blockchains are excited to advance their cooperative efforts as they explore and develop these novel technologies.

Q-CTRL Integrates Error Suppression Technology Into IBM Quantum Services

28 November 2023 at 11:38

Insider Brief

  • Q-CTRL announced that its Q-CTRL Embedded software has been integrated as an option with IBM Quantum’s Pay-As- You-Go Plan.
  • The integration aims to provide user-friendly functionality to address unreliable results on hardware.
  • Q-CTRL’s software automatically addressing the problem of noise and hardware error.

PRESS RELEASE — Q-CTRL, a global leader in developing useful quantum technologies through quantum control infrastructure software, today announced that its Q-CTRL Embedded software has been integrated as an option with IBM Quantum’s Pay-As- You-Go Plan to deliver advancements in quantum computing utility and performance. This integration represents the first time a third-party independent software vendor’s technology solution will be available for users to select in the IBM Quantum Pay-As-You-Go Plan.

The integration aims to provide user-friendly functionality to address the primary challenge facing quantum computing end-users: Unreliable results from algorithms run on today’s hardware.

To get the most out of near-term quantum computers you need to be an expert in an array of technical specializations – algorithms, compilers, error suppression strategies, and error mitigation – without focusing on each of these it’s difficult to get reliable results. The combination of Q-CTRL technology and IBM Quantum services reduces this burden, making it simpler to get useful results from real hardware by automatically addressing the problem of noise and hardware error.

Companies and end-users are seeking streamlined ways to integrate useful quantum computing into their workflows and to better leverage their existing IT expertise. Q-CTRL’s state-of-the-art performance-management infrastructure software, Q-CTRL Embedded, delivers these benefits to users and will now be available as an option within the IBM Quantum Pay-As-You-Go Plan.

Now, any IBM Quantum Pay-As-You-Go Plan user has the option to utilize Q-CTRL’s advanced technology using a single command within their Qiskit environment. And in great news for the community, accessing Q-CTRL’s performance-management software incurs no additional costs to the IBM Quantum Pay-As-You-Go Plan.

“Since we joined the IBM Quantum Network in 2018, we’ve been building the world’s most advanced infrastructure software for performance management in quantum computing,” said Q-CTRL CEO and Founder Michael J. Biercuk. “IBM has built a world-class quantum computing platform with the flexibility needed for experts like Q-CTRL to demonstrate new software able to dramatically improve the success of real quantum algorithms—detailed tests on a suite of benchmarking algorithms showed benefits up to thousands of times. We’re very excited to now bring these tools to the exceptional ecosystem of researchers and businesses building their quantum workflows on IBM hardware.”

  • TRL Embedded delivers enhancements in computational accuracy and efficiency through a simple configuration-free setting. When the performance management option is selected, a fully configured autonomous toolchain is triggered in the background to suppress

Based on recently peer-reviewed research on this topic and new tests on utility-scale quantum systems, benefits can reach up to:

  • 10X increase in the complexity of quantum algorithms they can run (measured through circuit depth), up to intrinsic hardware limits;
  • 100X cost reduction relative to alternative research-grade error-reduction strategies by

reducing the number of experimental “shots” required to suppress errors;

  • >1,000X improvement in the success of quantum algorithms widely used in the

These functionalities, in combination with the IBM Quantum development roadmap, aim to accelerate the path toward quantum advantage and allow end users from research to enterprise to gain strategic advantages they’ve been seeking from their quantum applications.

“At IBM, our goal is to give our users the ability to run valuable quantum workloads beyond what can be simulated on classical computers. A core requirement to this is reducing noise. The noise suppression provided through Q-CTRL’s performance management makes exploring useful quantum circuits even easier. I very much look forward to what our users will be able to do with this newly added error-suppression technology,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and Vice President, IBM Quantum.

Republican Jay Obernolte Speaks about Advancing the Frontier of Quantum Computing

27 November 2023 at 18:45

In a recent speech, U.S. House Representative Jay Obernolte from California discussed the transformative potential of quantum computing (QC) in both the industrial and governmental sectors. He said that QC is not merely about faster processing but also about its unique capabilities to enhance various workflows and missions, especially within federal agencies.

Obernolte’s business career in technology began with the founding of FarSight Studios, a video game development company, in 1988. He established this company while still a student, and it has since become known for developing well-regarded games for various platforms. Obernolte’s role at FarSight demonstrates his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in the tech industry, showcasing his ability to lead and innovate in a dynamic and competitive field. His success in the video game industry provided a strong foundation for his later efforts in public service and politics and is a clear reason — it seems — why he advocates a future that includes QC.

“Quantum Computing is going to be a revolutionary game changer in many areas of industry and also in government.”

— Jay Obernolte

Obernolte emphasized the significance of an amendment that instructs the National Science Technology Council Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science to initiate an outreach program for federal agencies. This program aims to help these agencies identify practical applications of quantum computing that can significantly enhance their operations. He clarified that this amendment does not entail additional funding or expand government mandates. Instead, it focuses on guiding federal agencies to recognize and utilize quantum computing’s potential based on the council’s recommendations.

Additionally, Obernolte expressed his support for a crucial part of the bill related to the development of quantum testbeds. He noted that the amendment introduces important changes to the grant program’s eligibility criteria. It limits the number of awardees to five, ensuring a minimum of $10 million available for each, which is crucial for the program’s efficacy. The amendment also encourages applications that include substantial cost-sharing, aligning with the principles of good governance and resource optimization. Lastly, he mentioned the establishment of a one-year timeframe to set up and operate the grant program, emphasizing efficiency and prompt implementation.

“[…] quantum computers are much more than just computers that run faster than traditional computers and it’s often not obvious to industry or particularly to federal agencies how quantum computing can be integrated into their workflows, and how it can be used to improve their missions. So, that’s why this amendment is so important. It requires the National Science Technology Council Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science to establish a programme of outreach to federal agencies to help them identify the use cases that quantum can help to solve meaningfully.”

— Jay Obernolte

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Reports: China’s Alibaba Shuts Down Quantum Lab

25 November 2023 at 14:49

Insider Brief

  • Media and insiders report that Alibaba’s quantum laboratory has closed down.
  • Some reports suggest more than two dozen employees have been fired.
  • Many experts are speculating whether this move is a reaction to the company’s underlying financial woes, or a sign of weakness in the quantum industry as a whole.
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Chinese media and anonymour industry insiders with connections to China are reporting that Alibaba’s quantum laboratory, which began with considerable fanfare about three years ago, has been closed down.

DoNews reported this week that Alibaba’s DAMO Academy –Academy for Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook —  has closed down its quantum laboratory due to budget and profitability reasons. The budget ax claimed more than 30 people — possible among China’s brightest quantum researchers — lost their positions, according to the news outlet’s internal sources. For further claims of proof, DoNews reports that the official website of DAMO Academy has also removed the introduction page of the quantum laboratory.

According to the story, translated into English: “Insiders claimed that Alibaba’s DAMO Academy Quantum Laboratory had undergone significant layoffs, but it was not clear at that time whether the entire quantum computing team had been disbanded.”

Media further suggest that many of the DAMO Academy quantum team members who were laid off have begun to send their resumes to other companies.

According to The Quantum Insider’s China’s Quantum Computing Market brief, Alibaba is a diverse tech conglomerate that has been active in quantum since 2015. The company’s Quantum Lab Academy teaching employees and students about the prospects of quantum computing. Alibaba’s Quantum Laboratory is a full-stack R&D service offering an 11-qubit quantum cloud platform. According to some reports, Alibaba invested about $15 billion into emerging technologies such as quantum.

What’s not immediately clear is the scope of the closure. Industry experts wonder whether this is a sign that the move could portend a larger, if note global, quantum tech downturn. However, at least initial indicators suggest Alibaba’s move might be a necessary, but practical tactic to stem Alibaba’s shaky business position. Yahoo Finance reported that Alibaba’s stock crashed last week, losing $26 billion in valuation in just two days. The news may also be a sign of underlying weakness in China’s once bustling tech leadership.

What’s next for Alibaba’s once world-leading quantum ambition is unknown.

The media sources repot: “Although it is currently unclear whether Alibaba will continue to choose other teams to attempt quantum R&D in the future, this change still inevitably causes a sense of regret.”

Quantum Connect Launches Austria’s First Quantum Machine Learning Community

23 November 2023 at 10:38

Insider Brief

  • Machine learning experts are collaborating to launch Austria’s first national quantum machine learning initiative.
  • The consortium includes Gradient Zero, Anaqor, QMware and PQM.
  • The initiative aims to build an active community dedicated to the research and development of quantum machine learning applications.

PRESS RELEASE — A consortium of machine learning and quantum computing experts – Gradient Zero, Anaqor, QMware and PQML – is launching Quantum Connect (, Austria’s first national quantum machine learning initiative.

The initiative aims to build an active community dedicated to the research and development of quantum machine learning applications for future use in various Austrian industries and public administration.

Developing machine learning applications that can benefit from quantum computing requires not only ML expertise, but also knowledge of the specific quantum hardware platforms and the combination of infrastructure, quantum mathematics, and machine learning. This combination of skills is difficult for individual companies to achieve, which underlines the need for interdisciplinary collaboration between all stakeholders to enable broader access to quantum machine learning. Quantum Connect brings together experts and industry partners to create a unified platform for knowledge and technology sharing.

The initiative was launched by Gradient Zero, a leading Austrian machine learning company, and funded by PQML. Through the partnership with QMware, the leading European quantum cloud company, and Anaqor, a pioneer in the European quantum ecosystem with its platform PlanQK, Quantum Connect was born.

PlanQK, a community-driven platform and ecosystem for quantum applications, with its established user base, will form the technological cornerstone of Quantum Connect and drive the exploration and development of quantum machine applications.

While Quantum Connect leverages PlanQK as a DevOps platform, QMware provides unmatched back-end efficiency by delivering its innovative hybrid quantum computing approach – a combination of classical high-performance and quantum computing resources – to run quantum applications on both simulated and native quantum hardware.

Quantum Connect offers machine learning developers direct and easy access to a fully functional quantum system. Quantum Connect is dedicated to advancing quantum machine learning and building an active community in the field.

“We are excited to launch Quantum Connect with our partners QMware and Anaqor to bring Quantum Machine Learning to Austria and beyond,” says Jona Boeddinghaus, COO at Gradient Zero. “We can’t wait to connect learners of all ages and experience levels and provide tutorials and infrastructure to those who want to dive into the world of Quantum and AI.”

ParityQC Unveils Breakthrough in Universal Quantum Computing

23 November 2023 at 10:35

In the latest #ParityPrinciples episode by ParityQC released on YouTube, the company’s Co-Leads of the Co-Design department, Michael Fellner and Anette Messinger, talk about an exploration of a major advancement in ParityQC’s technology: Universal Parity Quantum Computing.

A universal quantum computer, capable of executing any quantum operation, has vast potential applications in the real world, extending beyond specific uses like solving optimization problems.

In 2022, Fellner and Messinger — along with physicists Kilian Ender and Wolfgang Lechner — unveiled a new universal gate set for quantum computers. This development, rooted in the ParityQC Architecture, boasts all-to-all connectivity and inherent error correction capabilities. Their research, titled “Universal Parity Quantum Computing,” was published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

In the short video, Fellner and Messinger describe how the essence of their work revolves around the Parity Code, which doubles as a stabilizer code defined by specific parity constraints. They explain how the product of the eigenvalues of two qubits correlates with the eigenvalue of a third qubit, illustrating a fundamental aspect of their approach. This relationship is central to their definition of ‘parity qubits,’ where one qubit represents the parity of others.

In terms of quantum operations, their methodology facilitates the implementation of certain multi-qubit interactions. For example, they can easily execute operations like the RS ad set gate through simple local operations on parity qubits. However, they acknowledge the complexity of implementing other interactions within this framework.

To address these challenges, they’ve devised a strategy that combines direct single qubit interactions with more complex ones enabled by the Parity encoding. This innovative approach involves alternating between blocks of gates within the Parity encoding and others applied directly to the qubits. Remarkably, they’ve developed a method that allows this interchange with only a constant time overhead, leveraging measurements and classical information processing akin to quantum teleportation.

Their approach is reminiscent of quantum repeaters, where a sequence of local entangling gates and measurements can generate long-range entanglement. They’ve applied this method to execute the quantum approximate optimization algorithm (QAOA) in constant time, independent of system size, a significant step towards realizing quantum advantage with imminent quantum devices.

This development by Keller, Messinger, and the team at ParityQC represents a pivotal advancement in quantum computing. The potential of this technology is immense, and its future applications are eagerly anticipated.

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Kipu Quantum Joins The DLR QCI Project BASIQ

22 November 2023 at 18:02
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Insider Brief

  • Kipu Quantum GmnH joins DLR’s project “BASIQ: Battery materials simulation using quantum computers”.
  • The project is part of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative.
  • It runs over a period of 3 years and is financed by the DLR QCI with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

PRESS RELEASE — Kipu Quantum GmbH, a German quantum software company focusing on developing application-dependent and hardware-specific quantum algorithms that are commercialized as enterprise solutions, joins DLR’s project “BASIQ: Battery materials simulation using quantum computers”, which is part of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative (DLR QCI).

The project runs over a period of 3 years and is financed by the DLR QCI with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. It is led by the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics. BASIQ’s goal is to develop battery material simulations on an atomistic level for gate-based quantum computers, considering the crucial material components of a battery cell. This requires the development of quantum algorithms for very different classes of materials, the part of the project involving Kipu Quantum’s technology.

Kipu Quantum’s algorithms rely on a one-of-a-kind digital and digital-analog compression technology requiring orders of magnitude less circuit depth to solve a given problem. This will solve industrially relevant problems at least a decade earlier than other approaches. Even on today’s hardware, Kipu Quantum holds several performance records in use cases such as protein folding, portfolio optimization, factorization, and logistics modeling, now supporting the BASIQ project with quantum mechanical simulations of materials and chemical processes.

“We are especially happy about this collaboration as it fully complies with our mission to bring our algorithms to industry-relevant use cases and proof our concept,“ said Prof. Enrique Solano, co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Kipu Quantum.

“With everything we do in our day-to-day work, we focus on solving real-world problems with the ultimate goal to create a leading edge for our customers,” said Dr. Daniel Volz, co-founder and CEO at Kipu Quantum. “Joining the DLR QCI project BASIQ significantly contributes to taking us further down this road.”

Classiq, NVIDIA Collaborate on Quantum Center For Life Sciences

22 November 2023 at 14:57
quantum life sciences center

Insider Brief

  • Classiq unveiled a new industry initiative, the Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center.
  • The collaboration includes NVIDIA and the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
  • Critical Quote: “The opportunities for quantum computing and especially the software that drives it are growing very quickly. The new Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center aspires to bridge the gap between quantum theory and practice with tangible benefits in life sciences, healthcare and beyond.” — Classiq CEO Nir Minerbi

PRESS RELEASE — Quantum software pioneer Classiq unveiled a new industry initiative, the Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center, formed in collaboration with NVIDIA and the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. The initiative will champion the development and implementation of quantum algorithms and applications, targeting their transformative potential on life sciences and healthcare.

Quantum computing, with the potential to process multifaceted data at unparalleled speeds, may play a pivotal role in reinventing domains like drug discovery, molecular analysis and bespoke medical treatment strategies. Beyond these domains, quantum computing may also be leveraged to address the challenges within supply chain and treatment coordination. By optimizing pharmaceutical supply chains, quantum may ensure the timely and efficient delivery of critical medications. For example, by aiding in treatment coordination, it could streamline patient care, ensuring optimized and personalized therapeutic journeys based on individual medical histories and real-time health data.

Classiq CEO Nir Minerbi said, “The opportunities for quantum computing and especially the software that drives it are growing very quickly. The new Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center aspires to bridge the gap between quantum theory and practice with tangible benefits in life sciences, healthcare and beyond.”

In collaboration with NVIDIA, Classiq will establish a multifaceted research landscape. Leveraging NVIDIAH100 Tensor Core GPU capabilities, along with the integration between the NVIDIA CUDA Quantum programming platform and Classiq’s software infrastructure, the center is set to offer a robust environment for quantum-centric innovations and training non-quantum experts.

“Integrated quantum-classical computing holds great potential for powering breakthroughs in life sciences and healthcare, but many challenges to realizing that potential remain yet to be addressed,” said Tim Costa, Director of High-Performance Computing and Quantum at NVIDIA. “The Classiq Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center, built on NVIDIA CUDA Quantum, aims to help researchers tackle these challenges and push the boundaries in applying quantum computing to problems in this critical area.”

Initiating the center’s collaborative approach is the renowned Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). Celebrated for its progressive technological adoptions and pioneering AI integrations since 2014, this institution embodies the future-ready ethos of the healthcare sector.

Prof. Roni Gamzu of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center said, “Clinical and operational activities are typically managed at Ichilov Hospital through smart, data-driven computing systems. We are proud of our achievements but at the same time very much aware that currently available tools are not efficient enough to provide solutions to the steadily growing complexity of our systems. For this exact reason, we are delighted to announce the opening of the first quantum computing lab here at Ichilov. Together with Classiq and NVIDIA, we will break the boundaries of data science for the benefit of medicine and patients. I am convinced that this unique initiative will pave the way for a radically novel approach to data management in health organizations to the benefit of our patients and society at large.”

With the Quantum Computing for Life Sciences & Healthcare Center, Classiq and its collaborators are poised to tap into quantum capabilities to propel life sciences and healthcare into a future with potential for greater precision, efficiency and innovation.

$15 Million Project to Help Make South Carolina Workforce Quantum Ready, Attract Quantum Business

22 November 2023 at 11:22
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Insider Brief

  • The South Carolina Daily Gazette reports that a $15 million initiative is aimed at training quantum workers in South Carolina.
  • The South Carolina Quantum Association will pair up students with mentors and help build skills to work on a quantum supercomputer.
  • Critical Quote: “If we can train a generation on the skills needed, they’re going to be sought after by every entity in the world at a great salary. We can be world-renowned for what we do here. The question is, are we going to be last in the country or are we going to be the first.” — State Sen. Dick Harpootlian

A  $15 million state-funded initiative is taking steps to propel South Carolina into the forefront of quantum computing, according to the South Carolina Daily Gazette. That first step of the project is starting to build a quantum-ready workforce, the paper reported.

In a move aimed at preparing college students for the next generation of high-tech careers, the South Carolina Quantum Association will help connect students with resources to build the knowledge and skills to work on a quantum supercomputer.

According to the newspaper, the association plans to connect students and professors with companies seeking the unique advancements offered by quantum computing. This initiative has been allocated a substantial $15 million from the state budget, earmarked specifically for this purpose.

Joe Queenan, one of the drivers of the project, told the paper that that there is still ample opportunity for South Carolina to play a significant role in the rapidly emerging quantum industry.

“It’s still an open race but it’s going to take highly skilled workers,” Queenan told the paper.

Quantum Mentorship

This initial investment will be channeled into hiring quantum consultants to mentor students each semester, continuing through spring 2025, according to the paper. The program is set to begin at the University of South Carolina and later expand to other higher education institutions in the state. The funds will also cover the costs of accessing a quantum computer located at the University of Maryland, which students can reach via a web portal at the nonprofit’s Columbia office.

With quantum technology still in its infancy, there are few experts in the field. The association’s mission, as reported by the newspaper, is to transform South Carolina students into specialists in this cutting-edge technology through direct training, ensuring they are job-ready upon graduation.

The anticipation is that by fostering a pool of quantum experts, South Carolina could attract more high-tech companies to leverage the expertise of graduates from the state’s universities. Industries such as pharmaceuticals and banking are already exploring quantum computing for drug development, cyber-theft prevention, and enhanced financial decision-making, as noted by technology giant IBM, which operates over 20 quantum computer systems globally.

The South Carolina Daily Gazette further highlighted the association’s aspirations to position the Palmetto State as a competitive player in the quantum field, rivaling established hubs in cities like Chicago, New York, and Boulder, Colorado. The association’s leaders are not only eager to put South Carolina on the map but also to secure additional federal funding.

State Sen. Dick Harpootlian has been a key supporter of the initiative, according to the Gazette. He emphasized both the potential for South Carolina to gain global recognition for its contributions to quantum computing — as well as the need to join the ecosystem now.

“If we can train a generation on the skills needed, they’re going to be sought after by every entity in the world at a great salary,” Harpootlian told the SC Daily Gazette. He added: “We can be world-renowned for what we do here. The question is, are we going to be last in the country or are we going to be the first.”


SandboxAQ Announces AI Simulation Collaboration with NVIDIA to Impact the Physical World

21 November 2023 at 10:59
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Insider Brief

  • SandboxAQ announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to predict chemical reactions for drug discovery, battery design, green energy, among other use cases.
  • SandboxAQ will leverage NVIDIA quantum platforms to directly simulate the quantum mechanics.
  • Critical Quote: “Simulation is one of the most promising future technological applications, and it’s already leaving its mark today. Thanks to rapid advances in GPU hardware and quantum information science, we’re finally able to harness AI for more specialized applications that will have a profound impact on our world.” — Eric Schmidt, Chairman of SandboxAQ

PRESS RELEASE — SandboxAQ announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to predict chemical reactions for drug discovery, battery design, green energy, and more. SandboxAQ will leverage NVIDIA quantum platforms to directly simulate the quantum mechanics underpinning modern chemistry, biology and material science using tensor networks.

“Simulation is one of the most promising future technological applications, and it’s already leaving its mark today. Thanks to rapid advances in GPU hardware and quantum information science, we’re finally able to harness AI for more specialized applications that will have a profound impact on our world,” said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of SandboxAQ. “SandboxAQ’s AI simulation capabilities, augmented with NVIDIA accelerated computing and quantum platforms, will help enable the creation of new materials and chemical compounds that will transform industries and address some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“Simulation will drive a new wave of GPU use, powering previously unattainable insights about our physical world that go beyond what extractive or generative AI are capable of unlocking. Combining Simulation with advanced AI yields solutions to problems in some of the biggest addressable markets in the world, far beyond what generative AI is capable of doing alone,” said Jack D. Hidary, CEO of SandboxAQ. “This collaboration will have a significant impact on a broad range of industries such as healthcare, energy, construction, financial services and more.”

“Advances in quantum chemistry and molecular modeling require powerful accelerated computing platforms to predict complex chemical interactions that can present countless benefits to society,” said Tim Costa, director of high performance computing and quantum at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA’s collaboration with SandboxAQ will help equip scientists to make the next generation of breakthroughs in material science.”

As part of the collaboration, SandboxAQ will be providing technical recommendations on relevant NVIDIA offerings including cuTENSOR, cuTensorNet, Quantum Computing and CUDA libraries. Tensor networks are a scalable way of representing high-dimensional data and are drawing growing interest across numerous domains: machine learning and data science, financial modeling, fluid dynamics, quantum chemistry and more. SandboxAQ will use highly GPU-optimized tensor network methods run on up to 32 NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs to solve challenging problems in science and industries. SandboxAQ also plans to leverage NVIDIA cuTENSOR and NVIDIA cuQuantum software.

This work on tensor networks will complement and supercharge SandboxAQ’s existing efforts to leverage AI and Simulation towards impact in pharmaceutical development, materials science, and beyond. Specific applications of SandboxAQ AI and Simulation include protein-ligand binding computations for large-scale undruggable targets in neurodegenerative disease, novel solutions for pose and toxicity prediction, and new AI methods to predict lifecycles for next-generation batteries composed of novel materials.

What is Quantum Advantage? A Quantum Computing Scientist Explains an Approaching Milestone

By: TQI Admin
20 November 2023 at 10:22
Quantum computer

Insider Brief

  • The Conversation article explores quantum advantage and why it’s important to quantum researchers and the quantum industry.
  • Quantum advantage refers to solving types of problems that are impractical for classical computers to solve, such as cracking state-of-the-art encryption algorithm.
  • The article was written by Daniel Lidar, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics & Astronomy, University of Southern California.
  • Image: A prototype quantum sensor developed by MIT researchers can detect any frequency of electromagnetic waves. Guoqing WangCC BY-NC-ND

THE CONVERSATION — Quantum advantage is the milestone the field of quantum computing is fervently working toward, where a quantum computer can solve problems that are beyond the reach of the most powerful non-quantum, or classical, computers.

Quantum refers to the scale of atoms and molecules where the laws of physics as we experience them break down and a different, counterintuitive set of laws apply. Quantum computers take advantage of these strange behaviors to solve problems.

There are some types of problems that are impractical for classical computers to solve, such as cracking state-of-the-art encryption algorithms. Research in recent decades has shown that quantum computers have the potential to solve some of these problems. If a quantum computer can be built that actually does solve one of these problems, it will have demonstrated quantum advantage.

I am a physicist who studies quantum information processing and the control of quantum systems. I believe that this frontier of scientific and technological innovation not only promises groundbreaking advances in computation but also represents a broader surge in quantum technology, including significant advancements in quantum cryptography and quantum sensing.

The source of quantum computing’s power

Central to quantum computing is the quantum bit, or qubit. Unlike classical bits, which can only be in states of 0 or 1, a qubit can be in any state that is some combination of 0 and 1. This state of neither just 1 or just 0 is known as a quantum superposition. With every additional qubit, the number of states that can be represented by the qubits doubles.

This property is often mistaken for the source of the power of quantum computing. Instead, it comes down to an intricate interplay of superposition, interference and entanglement.

Interference involves manipulating qubits so that their states combine constructively during computations to amplify correct solutions and destructively to suppress the wrong answers. Constructive interference is what happens when the peaks of two waves – like sound waves or ocean waves – combine to create a higher peak. Destructive interference is what happens when a wave peak and a wave trough combine and cancel each other out. Quantum algorithms, which are few and difficult to devise, set up a sequence of interference patterns that yield the correct answer to a problem.

Entanglement establishes a uniquely quantum correlation between qubits: The state of one cannot be described independently of the others, no matter how far apart the qubits are. This is what Albert Einstein famously dismissed as “spooky action at a distance.” Entanglement’s collective behavior, orchestrated through a quantum computer, enables computational speed-ups that are beyond the reach of classical computers.

Applications of quantum computing

Quantum computing has a range of potential uses where it can outperform classical computers. In cryptography, quantum computers pose both an opportunity and a challenge. Most famously, they have the potential to decipher current encryption algorithms, such as the widely used RSA scheme.

One consequence of this is that today’s encryption protocols need to be reengineered to be resistant to future quantum attacks. This recognition has led to the burgeoning field of post-quantum cryptography. After a long process, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently selected four quantum-resistant algorithms and has begun the process of readying them so that organizations around the world can use them in their encryption technology.

In addition, quantum computing can dramatically speed up quantum simulation: the ability to predict the outcome of experiments operating in the quantum realm. Famed physicist Richard Feynman envisioned this possibility more than 40 years ago. Quantum simulation offers the potential for considerable advancements in chemistry and materials science, aiding in areas such as the intricate modeling of molecular structures for drug discovery and enabling the discovery or creation of materials with novel properties.

Another use of quantum information technology is quantum sensing: detecting and measuring physical properties like electromagnetic energy, gravity, pressure and temperature with greater sensitivity and precision than non-quantum instruments. Quantum sensing has myriad applications in fields such as environmental monitoringgeological explorationmedical imaging and surveillance.

Initiatives such as the development of a quantum internet that interconnects quantum computers are crucial steps toward bridging the quantum and classical computing worlds. This network could be secured using quantum cryptographic protocols such as quantum key distribution, which enables ultra-secure communication channels that are protected against computational attacks – including those using quantum computers.

Despite a growing application suite for quantum computing, developing new algorithms that make full use of the quantum advantage – in particular in machine learning – remains a critical area of ongoing research.

Staying coherent and overcoming errors

The quantum computing field faces significant hurdles in hardware and software development. Quantum computers are highly sensitive to any unintentional interactions with their environments. This leads to the phenomenon of decoherence, where qubits rapidly degrade to the 0 or 1 states of classical bits.

Building large-scale quantum computing systems capable of delivering on the promise of quantum speed-ups requires overcoming decoherence. The key is developing effective methods of suppressing and correcting quantum errors, an area my own research is focused on.

In navigating these challenges, numerous quantum hardware and software startups have emerged alongside well-established technology industry players like Google and IBM. This industry interest, combined with significant investment from governments worldwide, underscores a collective recognition of quantum technology’s transformative potential. These initiatives foster a rich ecosystem where academia and industry collaborate, accelerating progress in the field.

Quantum advantage coming into view

Quantum computing may one day be as disruptive as the arrival of generative AI. Currently, the development of quantum computing technology is at a crucial juncture. On the one hand, the field has already shown early signs of having achieved a narrowly specialized quantum advantage. Researchers at Google and later a team of researchers in China demonstrated quantum advantage for generating a list of random numbers with certain properties. My research team demonstrated a quantum speed-up for a random number guessing game.

On the other hand, there is a tangible risk of entering a “quantum winter,” a period of reduced investment if practical results fail to materialize in the near term.

While the technology industry is working to deliver quantum advantage in products and services in the near term, academic research remains focused on investigating the fundamental principles underpinning this new science and technology. This ongoing basic research, fueled by enthusiastic cadres of new and bright students of the type I encounter almost every day, ensures that the field will continue to progress.

From: The Conversation

Collaboration to Offer Equinix Customers Secure Access to Alice & Bob Quantum Tech

17 November 2023 at 17:21
Alice & Bob

Insider Brief

  • Equinix, Inc. announced its collaboration with Alice & Bob.
  • Equinix customers will be able to access to Alice & Bob’s quantum technology through Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric.
  • Alice & Bob’s technology was derived from research carried out in French and international laboratories.

PRESS RELEASE –– Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) the world’s digital infrastructure company, announced its collaboration with Alice & Bob, a leading quantum computing company developing one of the most reliable quantum processors on the market. Through the collaboration with Alice & Bob, Equinix customers in United States and across the world will benefit from secure access to Alice & Bob’s cutting-edge quantum technology through Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric, and from Alice & Bob’s quantum strategy services for businesses to unlock opportunities worth billions of dollars.

Quantum computing is a transformative technology that allows users to complete computationally intensive tasks such as simulation, optimisation, machine learning and cryptography. Although still in its early stages, it has the potential to revolutionize several industry processes, change our understanding of the universe, and even help slow down climate change. Quantum computers have the power and potential to solve problems that would take our best classical computers thousands of years.

Alice & Bob’s technology, the result of cutting-edge research carried out in French and international laboratories, is uniquely positioned to help businesses accelerate innovation and future proof their offering. While current quantum computers may suffer from computation errors which prevent them from fulfilling their theoretical promises, Alice & Bob is developing a patented technology of self-correcting superconducting quantum bit: the cat qubit. Cat qubits allow for a much simpler road to fault-tolerant and universal gate-based quantum computing, with the potential to transform the promise of quantum computing into a decisive commercial advantage.

Théau Peronnin, CEO of Alice & Bob, comments: “We are proud that our technology is moving out of the laboratory and into the real world. Equinix is the ideal partner to bring the quantum revolution into society. We are looking forward to helping Equinix customers solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.”

Combining Equinix’s rigorous secure operations with Alice & Bob’s quantum expertise creates the ideal environment to design breakthrough innovations. This synergy will allow companies to discover the power of quantum computing with the peace of mind that their research will remain completely confidential.

Régis Castagné, Managing Director of Equinix France , said: “Alice & Bob is a gateway to quantum computing for many businesses, and Equinix is the key. We know our customers are constantly looking for ways to be at the cutting edge, and we want to be right there with them, providing innovative solutions to the world’s issues and helping them access a potentially hundred-billion-dollar market. Alice & Bob’s technology is a fantastic addition to our global interconnection ecosystem and we can’t wait to see some of the pioneering work it creates.”

Industries that rely on high intensity compute power such as sustainable energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and financial services are among those set to be radically changed by the technology by 2035, standing to potentially gain up to $1.3 trillion in value by this date.

A vast array of industries and ecosystems who are looking to explore potential use cases in quantum computing can now securely access on-demand Alice & Bob’s quantum computers, housed in Alice & Bob’s own on-premises data centre, through Equinix Metal and Equinix Fabric.

Jean-Noël Barrot, French Minister Delegate for Digital, said:  “This partnership is a recognition of French expertise in a technology poised to revolutionize the field of computing and industry. The government has launched the national strategy for quantum technologies to position France at the forefront of this field on a global scale, and we are pleased to see an innovative young French company partnering with a global leader in digital infrastructure. There is no doubt that Alice & Bob will benefit from Equinix’s network to develop its business and contribute to France’s attractiveness.”

Equinix Metal is on-demand, high performance bare metal, which has the potential to be directly integrated with Equinix Fabric to deploy powerful infrastructure across global locations in minutes and allows companies to connect to hundreds of networks, communication, security, and cloud providers – all from a single location. This opens a world of potential for companies wanting to explore trialling and experimenting with Alice & Bob’s quantum computer within their own digital infrastructure, but with the security and ease Equinix is known for.

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Collaboration For Quantum Technology Demonstrations in Space

17 November 2023 at 00:53
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Insider Brief

  • The U.S. Department of Energy and partners announced the first round of participants dedicated to the Quantum & Space Collaboration.
  • Participants include the DOE, Department of Defense (DOD), Infleqtion, Nebula Space Enterprises, and Accenture Federal Services.
  • The partners have experience in applied research and deployment of quantum technologies—spanning quantum sensing, communications, and computing.

PRESS RELEASE — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), alongside a cohort of strategic partners, announced the first round of participants dedicated to the Quantum & Space Collaboration. This collaborative effort aims to harness cutting-edge quantum technologies for pivotal advancements in national security, energy, and economic prosperity, while also supporting sustainability goals.

The Quantum & Space Collaboration has garnered an array of participants, including the DOE, Department of Defense (DOD), Infleqtion, Nebula Space Enterprises, and Accenture Federal Services.  NASA also attended the press announcement event.

Rima Kasia Oueid, the DOE’s lead/architect for the Quantum Space Collaboration and Commercialization Executive at the DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), reflected on the significance of this partnership: “This Collaboration has been long in the making and is vital for ensuring that the United States remains at the forefront of innovation. We stand on the brink of a new economic era—one that expands into space, propelled by current and soon-to-be-realized quantum technologies. These advancements are poised to enhance global safety, economic stability, and overall human welfare, while also unlocking the potential to discover and efficiently use space resources. This will also create skilled blue- and white-collar jobs of the future to build the supply chain. Our target is to begin space environmental   demonstrations using quantum technologies in early 2024 and to begin evaluating use cases and new commercialization opportunities.”

The collaborating Parties have experience in applied research and deployment of quantum technologies—spanning quantum sensing, communications, and computing (collectively referred to as “QIS”) —to bolster the United States’ leadership in the emergent space economy. The Parties seek to collaborate on quantum and other space-related activities to accelerate commercialization and enable new capabilities that further DOE, DOD, and NASA mission objectives in the next 5 to 10 years.

“We are thrilled to be part of this private-public partnership with the Department of Energy to drive innovation in space.  This partnership represents an exciting opportunity to leverage cutting-edge resources and expertise from multiple sectors to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technologies.  Together, we will harness the power of quantum sensing, quantum communications, and quantum computing to advance national security, energy, and economic interests,” said Scott Faris, CEO of Infleqtion.

“We are excited to be part of advancing the very latest technologies for Defense and NASA missions. These technologies have broad societal impacts beyond national security, and we consider the MOU a steppingstone towards commercializing computing infrastructure that will enable a growing space economy.  New applied use cases of technologies such as Quantum computing and sensing will also benefit and augment several existing terrestrial industries over time.” says Nebula Co-Founders Peter Stridh and Michael Bloxton.

“This collaboration involves the most promising technologies available today, and using them in combination can create a blueprint for the future,” said Garland Garris, quantum security lead at Accenture Federal Services. “We are the first generation with the ability to control systems at the quantum level, and space is the perfect place for exploration and discovery with a lens on providing security.”

More about the collaborating Parties:

  • The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV) mission is to develop and transition innovative high-payoff space technologies supporting U.S. warfighters in their service to the country, while leveraging commercial, civil, and other government space capabilities to ensure America’s advantage. AFRL/RV capabilities and areas of expertise include space-based communications, position, navigation, and timing (PNT), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), defensive space control, space situational awareness, responsive space, and small satellite development.
  • The DOE mission is steadfast in addressing America’s energy and environmental challenges, fostering groundbreaking scientific and technological solutions. Central to this mission is the advancement of quantum information science and technologies that ensure cybersecurity, energy security, and optimization. Initial participating offices include the Office of Electricity, and the Office of Technology Transitions.
  • Nebula Space Enterprises champions the establishment of high-performance computing in space, working in tandem with AFRL/RV to enhance intelligence delivery to U.S. Warfighters. They aspire to pioneer nuclear-powered quantum computing, propelling space-bound data center capabilities to unprecedented heights.
  •  Accenture brings a diverse array of skills to the table to support quantum applications in space. These range from quantum information science, quantum security and AI/machine learning to fortifying the pursuit of quantum applications and space demonstrations.
  • Infleqtion, a leader in quantum atomics, offers quantum sensors and clocks essential for high-precision data collection, navigation, and intelligence gathering, crucial for next-generation quantum experiments in microgravity environments.

Together, these entities are poised to launch a concerted effort to synergize expertise in QIS, cybersecurity, and space technology development. This includes leveraging their collective technological portfolio to foster a range of space-oriented capabilities, such as quantum-secure communications, quantum sensing, and the integration of quantum with classical computing in orbital environments.

Examples of where the Parties seek to leverage their technology portfolio and platforms include the following capabilities across heterogenous environments:

  • Integrate and orchestrate Quantum Secure Communication Demonstration in Orbit
  • Integrate and orchestrate QIS Demonstration in Orbit such as post quantum cryptography over satellite communications networks in LEO and GEO
  • Support benchmarking of Classical AI/ML Algorithms
  • Develop and test quantum algorithms
  • Develop use cases for Hybrid Quantum and Classical Computing Space Platform
  • Integrate and orchestrate workloads in multiple environments
  • Unify and simplify the collection, organization, and analysis of data
  • Automate operations to achieve better performance
  • Automate IT operations to deliver actionable insights
  • Automate application and data flows to improve client experiences
  • Generate deeper insights into threats, orchestration actions and automate responses
  • Integrate and orchestrate Quantum Sensing Demonstrations in Orbit for imaging, detection, position, navigation, and timing (PNT)
  • Develop and test quantum sensing protocols in Orbit
  • Develop use cases for quantum sensing in Orbit
  • Integrate quantum sensing into a Hybrid Computing Space Platform
  • Develop a mesh network of quantum sensors in Orbit
  • Integrate and orchestrate Hybrid Quantum and Classical Computing in Orbit
  • Develop and test quantum computing protocols in Orbit
  • Develop a mesh network of Hybrid Quantum and Classical Computers in Orbit

This collaboration will provide initial feasibility assessments that could form the foundation for deploying a mesh network of full grade datacenters delivering hybrid quantum computing capabilities, enhanced by quantum sensing, powered by nuclear energy, and connected by secure quantum communications.

For more information or to learn how to partner with us, please contact Rima Kasia Oueid, DOE’s Quantum & Space Collaboration lead/architect and OTT Senior Commercialization Executive:

Tony Uttley ‘To Step Away’ From Quantinuum

16 November 2023 at 21:13
Tony Uttley

Insider Brief

  • Tony Uttley announced  that he will step away from Quantinuum.
  • Uttley served as the president & COO of the company and was the founding senior executive of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and, prior to its merger with Cambridge Quantum.
  • Quantinuum’s founding CEO Ilyas Khan will assume Tony’s duties overseeing the company’s hardware division.

Tony Uttley announced  that he will step away from Quantinuum on LinkedIn Thursday.

The former President & COO of Quantinuum wrote: “I have decided to step away from Quantinuum. Quantinuum remains an incredible company with truly exceptional people and products.”

Uttley was the founding senior executive of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and, prior to its merger with Cambridge Quantum that created Quantinuum, served as the division’s president. Previously, Uttley was a vice president and general manager in Honeywell’s Residential Home Comfort Business. He was also a principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and held management and engineering positions with NASA at Johnson Space Center.

A spokesperson for Quantinuum said that the decision was Tony’s. The spokesperson added  the company was grateful for all of Uttley’s work and wished him the best in the future.

Quantinuum’s founding CEO Ilyas Khan will assume Tony’s duties overseeing the company’s hardware division, as well as continue in his role of Chief Product Officer.

Quantinuum, led by CEO Raj Hazra, is considered the world’s largest integrated standalone quantum computing company, formed by the combination of Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum. The company employs over 480 individuals, including 350+ scientists and engineers, at eight sites across the United States, Europe, and Japan.

The company is focused on is creating scalable and commercial quantum solutions to solve the world’s most pressing problems in fields such as energy, logistics, climate change and health.