Classiq, an Israeli quantum software company which provides a quantum platform that allows a user create algorithms at a higher level of abstraction, is partnering with ColdQuanta which has developed a 100 qubit processor based upon their cold atom technology. The companies state that this type of partnership is very important for end users to take advantage of machines that have more than a few dozen qubits. Although smaller machines can be programmed manually with lower-level languages at the individual gate level, once the processors hit the 100 qubit and higher level this becomes too complex to do it efficiently.

Paul Lipman, ColdQuanta’s president of quantum information platforms states “Within the quantum software landscape, Classiq is the early innovator is tackling the problem of designing and building circuits for quantum computers with very large numbers of qubits. The cold atom modality is inherently enormously scalable, promising the potential to unlock compelling business use cases. However, this scalable qubit architecture must be coupled with software and algorithms that can also scale effectively. We’re excited to partner with Classiq to realize quantum computing’s benefits as we scale towards 1,000 qubits and beyond.”

For Classiq, this type of partnership also offers other advantages. Yuval Boger, Chief Marketing Officer, Classiq Technologies, mentioned to us that although the Classiq is hardware agnostic and they support multiple quantum hardware platforms, he called their relationship with ColdQuantum “more advanced”. Every hardware platform has its own idiosyncrasies, and this partnership allows Classiq to work very closely with the hardware team at ColdQuanta, gain deeper knowledge of how the hardware actually works, and make maximum use of its capabilities. For example, we have seen in other situations that hardware and software teams have worked together to create custom gate operations that are not part of the standard gate set provided by the vendor. And these custom gates can potentially enable developing circuits with fewer levels or fewer qubits than previously possible. Such opportunities may be more difficult in a more traditional vendor-customer relationship.

A press announcement with additional comments from the companies about their partnership is available here.

January 25, 2022