Dell + IonQ Hybrid Classical/Quantum Computing Components. Credit: Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies has introduced new software called the Qiskit Dell Runtime that runs on their PowerEdge classical servers to provide a hybrid/classical quantum solution. This development is an extension of a capability that we reported on a year ago where Dell had interfaced their quantum software with IonQ’s quantum simulator which they called vQPU software. The biggest change with this year’s announcement is that the software can now interface with IonQ real Aria processor over the internet.

Typically, the Dell PowerEdge server will be located on the customer’s premises. It will accept a quantum program from a customer in a variety of different languages including Qiskit, Cirq, and Pennylane. The Qiskit Dell Runtime will manage all the queues so there are no queue delays on the IonQ side, submit programs directly to the IonQ system over the internet, and provides close-integration of classical and quantum execution. For variational algorithms that require shuttling the execution back and forth between the classical and quantum processors, IonQ has implemented a reservation capability so that the QPU is reserved only for that job until it is completed. The Dell software is flexible and has been designed so it can accommodate other simulators and quantum processors in the future.

Additional information about this capability is available in a press release issued by Dell here, another press release issued by IonQ here, and a quantum computing page on the Dell website here. The Qiskit Dell Runtime software is open source and you can access it on GitHub here.

November 14, 2022