Recent news items published within the last 6 months on quantum computing developments are listed below. Click on the hyperlinked item to go to the press release or news article for more details. For older news items published in 2021 click here, for 2020 click here, for 2019 click here, for 2018 click here, and for items published in 2015-2017, click here.
January 24, 2022
Who’s News: Management Updates at SEEQC, Riverlane, and Arqit
SEEQC has created a new Scientific Advisory Board and appointed a new Vice-President of Engineering. Riverlane has recruited a new Head of Engineering to guide their efforts in fault tolerant quantum computing. And Arqit has added a new advisor. Click here to read our full article reporting on these changes.
January 23, 2022 – News Brief
Virginia Tech to Establish a Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering
The new center was announced by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and will be located on their campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It will complement another Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus located in Alexandria, Virginia. The center will unite quantum research across disciplines and will initially include sixteen Virginia Tech faculty providing multidisciplinary expertise in physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and material science. Some of the goals of the new center will be to strengthen Virginia Tech proposals for large center-scale grants and raise the visibility of this work, facilitate new partnerships, and attract faculty and students for work at the forefront of quantum research. More about Virginia Tech’s announcement about the creation of the center can be found in a news release here. You can also view a webpage for the center itself here.
January 22, 2022
World Economic Forum (WEF) Issues “Quantum Computing Governance Principles” Report
The World Economic Forum’s Quantum Computing Governance project seeks to encourage the development of responsible quantum computing. Although quantum technology is still very new and in early development, they believe that this early stage is the best time to discuss the ethical, legal and societal impacts of quantum computing. This report lays out the first set of principles for responsible design and adoption of quantum computing technologies in order to incentivize the development of the technology while minimizing the possible risks. Click here for more.
January 21, 2022
Quantum Computing Inc. Announces a New QCI Qonsulting Practice and Signs Up Its First Customer
Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI), a quantum software company that provides its hardware agnostic Qatalyst quantum optimization software, has established a new consulting practice to help customers through their quantum journey. The company has developed a four-phase framework that they call Path2Quantum (P2Q) that can help clients define quantum opportunities, define appropriate quantum infrastructures, measure quantum potential, and achieve first quantum production results that will help enterprises plan their quantum computing adoption. Associated with the launch of their QCI Qonsulting practice, they also announced their first client, an employee staffing solutions company called Quad M Solutions, Inc. (Quad M). The companies will work together to improve the efficiency of the company’s self-underwritten medical insurance. For more about these announcements, click here to read our full article.
January 20, 2022 – News Brief
Quantum Brilliance, Fraunhofer Institute, and University of Ulm Will Collaborate in a €19.9 Million ($22.5M USD) Project to Research Diamond-Based Quantum Microprocessors
The project will be 74.8 percent funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the remaining budget covered by the consortium partners and it is expected to run through November 30, 2024. Key activities will be to develop growth processes for diamond substrates of high purity and quality as well as develop precision manufacturing techniques for fabricating scalable arrays of diamond (also known as NV center) qubits. Other important activities will be to develop mechanisms for the selective initialization, read-out, and manipulation of qubits in quantum computers with multiple processor nodes. Founded in 2019, Quantum Brilliance is an Australian-German quantum computing hardware company with locations in Canberra, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany that provides diamond quantum accelerators supported by a full stack of software and application tools. They are focused on developing quantum accelerators that possess small form factors and run at room temperatures for use as accelerators that will work with classical supercomputers. For more information about this project, you can view a press release provided by Quantum Brilliance that’s available here.
January 20, 2022 – News Brief
QOSF and the Unitary Fund Announce the Winner of the 2021 Wittek Quantum Prize for Open Source Software
The Quantum Open Source Foundation (QOSF) and the Unitary Fund have announced Victory Omole, a software engineer at Super.tech, as the winner of the 2021 Wittek Quantum Prize for Open Source Software for his outstanding contributions to Cirq and other open-source projects. He was selected after review of 38 nominations from all over the world. Three runners up were also announced including (in no particular order) Kesha Hietala who led the design of the SQIR quantum programming language, Paul Nation who co-created QuTiP and Robert Smith who started the Quil ecosystem and open-sourced large parts of the Rigetti software stack. The Wittek prize is a yearly award that was established in 2020 in memory of Peter Wittek, a pioneer in the field of open quantum software who went missing on a mountaineering expedition in the Himalayas in 2019. The prize award is $4,000 with the intent to reward an otherwise unnoticed individual for outstanding contribution to the field of quantum open-source software. For more information about the Wittek Quantum Prize, you can view the website for it here. And for more about the selection of Victory Omole as the winner of the 2021 prize, you can view a Medium article and associated video here.
January 20, 2022
Terra Quantum and Atom Computing Each Raise $60 Million in Venture Capital
In an interesting coincidence both Terra Quantum and Atom Computing have each announced new venture capital raises of $60 Million. For Terra Quantum it was an A round and for Atom Computing it was a B round. Click here to read our full article describing these events.
January 19, 2022 – News Brief
Finland Launches a €10 Million ($11.35M USD) QuTI Project
The Quantum Technologies Industrial (QuTI) ecosystem project will develop new components, manufacturing and testing solutions and algorithms for the needs of quantum technology. It will be coordinated by VTT Finland and include eleven additional partners from research, academia, and industry including Aalto University, Tampere University and CSC – IT Center for Science, and the industrial partners are Bluefors, Afore, Picosun, IQM Quantum Computers, Rockley Photonics, Quantastica, Saab, and Vexlum. The project will last for three years and €5.6 million of the budget will be partially funded by Business Finland, a public organization under the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The project will utilize the Micronova cleanroom facility in Espoo, Finland, operated jointly by VTT and Aalto University and also another cleanroom located at Tampere University for fabrication of the optoelectronics components. Additional information about this new collaboration in Finland can be found in a press release posted on the VTT website here.
January 19, 2022 – News Brief
Multiverse Adds a Fair Price Module to their Singularity Quantum Software Platform
We previously reported on Multiverse’ introduction of their Singularity quantum software platform that enable inputting QC problems from an Excel spreadsheet. We also reported earlier on their work to integrate support for the IonQ ion trap processor with this software. They have now added a new module to calculate the Fair Price of a portfolio of stocks to this platform. Currently, these calculations are typically implemented in programs running on supercomputers that can look at tens of thousands of samples and run for a period of 24 hours or more. When the number of samples is decreased, the accuracy also diminishes. In a test, they showed data that indicated a 37%-43% improvement in accuracy for a quantum calculation versus a classical calculation when both are limited to 4,000 samples. The algorithm uses a quantum amplitude estimation method to estimate the mean of a novel implementation of the Gordon-Shapiro formula. For more about this Fair Pricing module, you can view a news release from Multiverse announcing it here, a video demonstration of using it here, and a technical arXiv paper that describes the algorithm here.
January 19, 2022 – News Brief
IonQ and Hyundai Partner to Study Use of Quantum Computing for Researching Battery Chemistry
The two companies will study the use of new variational quantum eigensolver (VQE) algorithms to characterize different lithium compounds and the chemical reactions that could be use in battery chemistry. There have been other quantum research projects announced in the past involving battery chemistry including one between IBM and Daimler and another one between Toyota and Qunasys, however IonQ indicated that their new project will be the most advanced model to date as measured by the number of qubits and gates used. In addition, the IonQ/Hyundai research will include other lithium-based battery chemistries, including Lithium-Oxide (or Lithium-Air), whereas the IBM/Daimler study only looked at Lithium-Sulfur batteries. A Lithium-Air battery would be lighter which could provide a potential advantage in a mobile vehicle. The IonQ/Daimler simulations will require at least 12 qubits and will be able to utilize all the quantum computers commercially available at IonQ, including System 5, the latest system in private beta. Using quantum computing to discover new types of battery chemistries can have a large commercial value due to the push to increase the production and reduce the cost of batteries for use in both electric vehicles and the electrical grid to help combat global warming. In addition, the simulation of all the interactions that can take place at the molecular level are too complex for a classical computer to perform accurately. You can read the announcement provided by IonQ and Hyunda in a post located on the IonQ website here. IonQ has also posted a blog titled “Improving Battery Chemistry with Quantum Computing” that you can find here.
January 17, 2022
D-Wave Installs an Advantage Quantum Annealer at Forschungszentrum Jülich for European Access
D-Wave and Forschungszentrum Jülich announced that they have installed the latest D-Wave Advantage Performance quantum annealer at the Forschungszentrum Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Julich, Germany. This 5000 qubit machine is the first Leap™ quantum cloud-based system and quantum annealer located outside North America and will be available to European users at Forschungszentrum Jülich immediately in the cloud via Leap. Click here for more.
January 16, 2022 – News Brief
Caltech Constructing a New Center for Quantum Precision Measurement
The new center, called the Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement, will add to Caltech’s already substantial capability to perform research in quantum science and technology. It will be housed in a six-story building that will have two stories underground and include passageways to three adjacent research buildings on the Caltech campus to maximize collaborations between scientists. The center is being made possible with grants from The Sherman Fairchild Foundation and Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg. Activity at the center will focus on understanding quantum systems and their potential including quantum sensing, quantum information, and gravitational-wave detection. For information about this center can be seen in two different news releases shown on the Caltech website that you can find here and here.
January 15, 2022
Government Grants for Q-CTRL, Quantopticon, and Rice University
Three government awards related to quantum technology were announced this week for Q-CTRL, Quantopticon, Rice University and their partners. Click here to read our article describing what these groups will be researching and the amount of funding each program will receive.
January 14, 2022 – News Brief
QMware Launches their Hybrid Quantum Cloud Data Center
We reported in October 2020 about the formation of the QMware joint venture between Terra Quantum and Novarion to create an integrated hardware/software appliance called the Hybrid Quantum Cloud. They have now announced the opening of a Hybrid Quantum Cloud Data Center Alpha based upon the technology. They have made this available to European enterprises, scientific laboratories and institutions. Part of the motivation for this effort to provide a European alternative to U.S. dominated quantum cloud providers based upon a European standard called GAIA-X, a project for the development of an efficient and competitive, secure and trustworthy federation of data infrastructure and service providers for Europe. This first installation has occurred at the Vienna data center of NTT Global Data Centers and additional ones are under consideration for the future. More information is available in a post on QMware’s LinkedIn page here, another post on their website here, and an article (in German) on the pressetext website here.
January 13, 2022 – News Brief
Spain Forms CUCO Project to Research Potential Quantum Computing Applications
The CUCO (CUantica COmputacion) consortium will include seven commercial company (Amatech, BBVA, DAS Photonics, GMV, Multiverse Computing, Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech y Repsol), five research centers (BSC, CSIC, DIPC, ICFO y Tecnalia), and public university UPV (Universitat Politècnica de València) to research potential quantum applications in industries such as energy, finance, space, defense and logistics. The project is being supported by Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation under the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan with funding from CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) a public funding agency for technology development. The project has been funded at $5.8 million and should last for two years with possible extensions later on. Activities of the project will include identifying relevant use cases for quantum computing in the Spanish economy and developing proof of concepts to show if they can provide a quantum advantage. Additional information about this project can be found in a news release posted on the Multiverse Computing website here.
January 12, 2022 – News Brief
Capgemini Launches a Quantum Lab and Becomes an IBM Quantum Hub
Capgemini is a French multinational information technology (IT) services and consulting company headquartered in Paris, France. They have over 300,000 employees and reached €15.84 billion ($18B USD) in revenue in 2020. Their Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) will include facilities in the UK, Portugal, and India and they will work with clients in the areas of quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum sensing. The key industrial sectors that they believe will benefit the most from quantum technologies include life sciences, financial services, automotive and aerospace. You can read Capgemini’s news release announcing the launch of their Quantum Lab here.
January 11, 2022
Pasqal and Qu&Co Announce Merger
In another merger between a quantum hardware processor and a quantum software companies, French hardware developer Pasqal has announced a merger with Amsterdam based Qu&Co, a quantum software provider. The two companies will work to closely integrate Qu&Co’s quantum algorithm routines with Pasqal’s neutral atom-based quantum hardware to provide quantum solutions many commercial sectors including chemistry, life sciences, automotive, electronics, utilities, aerospace, defense, finance and others. Click here for more.
January 10, 2022 – News Brief
LG Electronics Joins the IBM Quantum Network
LG Electronics has joined the IBM Quantum Network in order to access IBM’s quantum computing systems, quantum expertise, and Qiskit software development kit. They are joining 170 other organizations including LG Electronics, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, academic institutions and research labs that are working with IBM. LG Electronics is a large South Korean multinational electronics company with 63 trillion Won ($52 Billion USD) in revenue and over 75,000 employees. They surely have a large number of potential applications in areas including big data, artificial intelligence, connected cars, digital transformation, IoT, and robotics that could be helped through the use of quantum computing. Additional information can be found in a press release provided by IBM which can be seen here.
January 10, 2022 – News Brief
D-Wave, SavantX, and Fenix Marine Services Team to Optimize Logistics at the Port of Los Angeles
SavantX has announced that they have worked with Fenix Marine Services to develop a quantum powered AI engine called HONE (Hyper Optimization Nodal Efficiency) that optimizes the logistics at the Pier 300 container terminal project at the Port of Los Angeles, one of the largest marine terminals in the US. The software runs on the D-Wave quantum annealer and optimizes scheduling, appointments, and in-terminal container handling for trucking companies and their customers. The software allowed the port to handle a record 903,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit, equivalent to one 20’x20’x8′ shipping container) in October 2021. Coordinating all the many resources including ships, trucks, trains, warehouses, terminal facilities, etc. for maximum efficiency is an extremely challenging logistics and optimization problem. Obtaining the best possible efficiency has become additional critical in the past year due to the pandemic-induced buying surge which has created supply chain challenges that must be solved. Use of the optimization software can improve overall capacity, cost, predictability, turnaround times, and ROI for the shipping companies and its customers. For more about this real-world implementation, you can view a news release from Savantx which is available here.
January 8, 2022 – News Brief
Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Michigan Form the Midwest Quantum Collaboratory (MQC)
The three universities will work together on cutting edge projects related to quantum technology. Some examples of specific research goals of MQC include creating new directions to exploit entanglement in inherently scalable systems, quantum sensing, and complex systems. Another key focus of this effort will be to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this sector. It is well understood that one of the big challenges to growing the quantum industry will be to find qualified personnel for a growing quantum workforce. The MQC will not only work to provide students with scientific training, but also help them develop the necessary interpersonal skills in order to be a productive member of the quantum workforce. To learn more about the MQC, you can read a news release posted on the MSU website here and also visit the MQC website which is located here.
January 8, 2022
Who’s News – Management Updates at Quantum Computing Inc. and Q-CTRL
Quantum Computing Inc. has appointed a new COO/CTO and also announced that another person has joined Board of Directors. And Q-CTRL has recruited a Chief Strategy Officer. Click here to read our article with more details.
January 7, 2022 – News Brief
POLARISqb and PhoreMost Partner to Use QC for Drug Discovery
POLARISqb, a quantum software company based in Durham, North Carolina, will work with PhoreMost, a drug discovery company in the UK, to help find potential drug targets that have previously been considered undruggable. PhoreMost’s SITESEEKER phenotypic screen platform identifies unexpected or “cryptic” druggable sites across the entire genome, within targets previously considered undruggable and then POLARISqb Tachyon™ quantum computing platform will use quantum algorithms to scan for billions of molecules from a large chemical space to find novel molecular drugs in minutes, rather than the months or years it would take for a classical supercomputer. The goal will be to discover and develop the next generation of oncology therapies. To see more about this partnership, you can read a news release posted on the POLARISqb website here.
January 6, 2022
Eeroq is Moving Its Headquarters to Chicago
Eeroq, a quantum hardware startup developing processor based upon electrons floating above pools of superfluid helium, has signed a lease for a 9600 square foot engineering lab and office on Chicago’s West Side. The company received considerable support from the business community in Chicago including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative in their search for this headquarters. To read more about Eeroq’s announcment, click here to read the full article.
January 5, 2022 – News Brief
Strangeworks and Quantinuum Partner to Offer Quantum-Enhanced Cryptographic Keys within the Strangeworks Ecosystem
You might think it is ironic to find out a company named Strangeworks now has a product line offering random numbers to their users. But Strangeworks is indeed partnering with Quantinuum and offering access to Quantinuum’s Quantum Origin, a quantum-enhanced cryptographic keys service based on verifiable quantum randomness. A key feature of Quantum Origin is that all keys generated by the system are run through an assurance test on the key to make sure it is as unpredictable as possible before the key is sent back to the requestor. The keys can be used with current encryption algorithms such as RSA and AES used in most classical computer today and they are also usable with the new Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) keys being standardized in a selection process being run by NIST. Weak keys that an attacker can guess are a significant cause of cybersecurity issues and by using quantum technology to generate the keys that can be truly random and provide greater protection an organization that wants to keep their communications private. You can view more information about Quantum Origin in a white paper that you can see here. And you can view a news release provided by Strangeworks announcing the partnership with Quantinuum here.
January 4, 2022
French Government to Invest Over €70 Million ($79M USD) for Launch of a National Quantum Computing Platform
The €70 Million represents the first funding installment out of an overall funding goal of €170 million for a project to create a hybrid computing platform that will interconnect classical systems and quantum computers. This platform will be located at the Very Large Computing Center at CEA (TGCC) and will be supported by INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology which focuses on computer science and applied mathematics. The platform will be made available toan international community of laboratories, startups and industrial companies. This effort is part of the overall French national strategy of quantum technologies that will invest €1.8 Billion ($2M USD) over a period from 2021-2025 with a goal of creating 16,000 quantum jobs by 2030. For more information about this investment and the French quantum computing strategy, you can read a news release provided by the French government here and a document that describes the overall French quantum computing strategy here. (Hint: Both of those documents are in French, but you can use Google Translate to translate them to English or any of the other languages it supports.)
January 3, 2022
Russian Scientists Create Quantum Device Using Qutrits and Ququarts
Russian scientists from the Russian Quantum Center and the P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences are utilizing the phenomena of qutrits and ququarts to construct the equivalent of a four-qubit ion trap computer using only two physical ions. This is a step in their effort to provide cloud access to a universal quantum computer by the end of 2024. Click here for more.
December 31, 2021
Quantum Summer School Fellowships Available for Undergraduates at the Chicago Quantum Exchange and Los Alamos National Laboratory
Although there are many summer intern programs in quantum technology available for graduate students at various organizations there are far fewer summer internships that are open to undergraduate students. Here are two sponsored by the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the Los Alamos National Laboratory we are aware of that are now accepting applications for summer internships this summer. Click here for the full article.
December 30, 2021 – News Brief
Quantinuum Releases a New Quantum Processor with a Quantum Volume of 2048
Quantinuum (formerly Honeywell Quantum Solutions) has released a new quantum processor they call the H1-2. This machine is an upgrade of their previous H1-1 processor with two additional qubits and better gate and measurement fidelities. The H1-2 is very similar to the H1-1 as it uses the same ion-trap architecture, control system design, integrated optics, and photonics as its predecessor. But now the H1-2 has 12 operational qubits instead of the previous 10 qubits and has implemented minor upgrades to improve the fidelities and other aspects of the design. Many of these upgrades were also applied to the H1-1. These improvements allowed Quantinuum to perform a Quantum Volume test and obtain a measurement of 2048 using the test procedure specified by IBM. For more, you can view a press release provided by Quantinuum that you can find here.
December 27, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti Will Receive an Additional $45 Million Investment as Part of Its SPAC Deal
The investment comes in the form of a PIPE (Private Investment, Public Entity) commitment where the investors will purchase equity in the proposed business combination between Rigetti and Supernova Partners Acquistion Company II in exchange for stock. It is almost the same as the $103 million PIPE investment that was announced at the time the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company) deal was announced except that the price of these new shares will be at $10.25 each instead of $10.00 previously. The commitment was made by from Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP and from an existing PIPE investor. When this investment is funds from the previous SPAC and the $345 million in Supernova cash held in trust, Rigetti will have approximately $440 million in cash after transaction costs after the merger is finalized to use for accelerating product development and expanding operations. You can view the news release provided by Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II here.
December 27, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Opens a New Subsidiary in France
The new office will be located in Paris and will be the fourth European office for IQM, joining other offices in Bilbao, Spain, Munich, German, and Espoo, Finland. The company has a unique co-design approach to develop quantum processors optimized for particular use cases. The Paris office will work with customers in the aviation, space, and cybersecurity industry for these solutions. The company will work with Atos as part of their Scaler program and provide additional focus on HPC integration and offer quantum accelerators to supercomputing centers worldwide. It will also give the company another source of talent and make it easier to recruit quantum scientists and engineers from French universities and other organizations. Details about this announcement can be found in a news release posted on the IQM website here.
December 23, 2021 – News Brief
German Government To Provide Funding for €44.5 Million ($50.3M USD) Ion Trap Computer Development
The project, called ATIQ, will receive most of its funding, €37.5 million. from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and will have a duration of 5 years starting on December 1, 2021. It will have 25 collaborators and will be organized by the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Additional partners including Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University of Siegen, TU Braunschweig, RWTH Aachen, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft, the companies AMO GmbH, AKKA Industry Consulting GmbH, Black Semiconductor GmbH, eleQtron GmbH, FiberBridge Photonics GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, JoS QUANTUM GmbH, LPKF Laser & Electronics AG, Parity Quantum Computing Germany GmbH, QUARTIQ GmbH, Qubig GmbH and TOPTICA Photonics AG. Associated partners are AQT Germany GmbH, Boehringer Ingelheim, Covestro AG, DLR-SI, Volkswagen AG and QUDORA Technologies GmbH. An initial goal for the next 30 months will be to have a 10-qubit ion trap demonstrator made in Germany that will be available for use 24/7. Follow-on activity will include research on scaling up the technology to support over 100 qubits. Additional information about this project is available in a news release on the website of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz that can be found here and also another news release issued by eleQtron and ParityQC that can be seen here.
December 22, 2021 – News Brief
Quix Quantum Sells a Photonic Processor to the Hungarian Quantum Information National Laboratory Initiative
Quix Quantum has sold another of their photonic processors to the Hungarian Quantum Information National Laboratory and the Faculties of Science and of Informatics at Eötvös Loránd University. This chip will be the first piece of quantum hardware in the Central and Eastern European region that will know about and will be used by the university for academic research into photonic quantum computing. Quix’ product is a 12-mode quantum photonic processor which they have also sold to other organizations including Paderborn University, Quandela, and Qontrol. You can view an announcement about the sale provided by Quix in a press release that has been posted on their website here.
December 21, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti Releases Financial Highlights for First Nine Months of 2022
Rigetti Computing indicated that for the first nine months of 2021 ending October 31, 2021 they achieved $6.9 million in revenue with a net operating loss of ($26.2) million. The results showed a 68% increase in revenue and a 3% decrease in operating loss from the same period in 2020. It also compares favorably to a projection they provided in an Investor Presentation last October forecasting revenue of $7 million and an EBITDA of ($31) million for the full 12 months of 2021. Rigetti also recapped in their announcement a number of developments in the technical, industry collaboration, customer, customer application, and talent areas that we had previously reported on in these pages. Rigetti Computing previously announced plans merge with SPAC Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II to become a public company. We expect this trnsaction to be completed in early 2022. You can view Rigetti’s full announcement of their business update and nine-month 2021 financial highlights in a news release that you can see here.
December 20, 2021 – News Brief
Equal1 Wins €10 Million ($11.2M USD) In Grant/Equity Funding
Equal, a quantum hardware startup with headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, received the award from the European Innovation Council (EIC) to work on quantum-enhanced machine learning. The funds will be provided in a mixture of grants and equity investment. Equal1 was one of 99 companies based in 21 different countries that have received funding under the EIC program. Equal1 is a spinout of University College Dublin and has been developing a silicon-based qubit technology with a focus of applying it to ML applications. They previously had received €10 million ($11.6M USD) in venture investments with the latest round announced last October. For more, you can view a news release from Equal1 available on their website here and a more detailed description of the EIC funding program on their website here.
December 18, 2021 – News Brief
Pasqal, Thales, Paris Region and GENCI Partner to Explore Planning and Scheduling Applications on Pasqal’s Quantum Processor
Creating the optimum plan and schedule for activities such as logistics, air traffic control, industrial automation, resource allocation, disaster recovery assistance, etc. can get very complicated as the number of variables increases. At a certain point the computation becomes too difficult for a classical computer to perform optimally so the data analyst needs to resort to approximation methods which won’t provide the best possible answer. This is where quantum computing can help because it can potentially allow the computation of more complex, yet more accurate solutions for these problems. The three-year program will initially use Pasqal’s 100+ qubit processor and possible larger ones later on. These processors may be big enough to provide solutions to large problems that are beyond the capability of a classical processor. Thales is a French multi-billion, multi-national technology company and has potential applications that could benefit from this research. The project is funded by the PAck Quantique programme (PAQ), an initiative started in 2020 by Paris Region, GENCI and Le Lab Quantique with a goal of accelerating the development of the quantum industry in the Paris region. Additional information is available in a news release posted on the Pasqal website here.
December 18, 2021 – News Brief
QuTech and Fraunhofer to Collaborate on Development of a Pan-European Quantum Network
QuTech, a Dutch partnership between TU Delft and TNO, has signed a memorandum of understanding with German research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to explore quantum communication infrastructures for cross-border quantum networks. One of the first projects will be to deploy a quantum key distribution (QKD) network across borders between hubs in Germany and The Netherlands. They will also continue their joint research on integrated quantum photonic devices needed in these networks. The two organizations had already been working together to develop a quantum frequency converter (QFC) as part of the ICON project. Additional information about the collaborations between QuTech and Fraunhofer is available in a news release posted on the QuTech website here.
December 17, 2021 – News Brief
Odyssey Therapeutics Acquires Rahko
Odyssey Therapeutics, a Boston based company developing next-generation precision medicines for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer has acquired a majority stake in Rahko. The value of the transaction has not been made public. Odyssey is a new pharmaceutical startup that just received a Series A venture investment of $218 million earlier this month and apparently has put some of the money to immediate use with the Rahko acquisition. Rahko was founded in 2018 by computer science graduates from University College London (UCL) and has developed a software product called Hyrax which can provide faster and cheaper drug discovery. Their solution currently uses classical AI algorithms now, but they are planning to use quantum computing in the future once better performing quantum computing hardware becomes available. Odyssey Therapeutics, a Boston based company developing next-generation precision medicines for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer has acquired a majority stake in Rahko. The value of the transaction has not been made public. Odyssey is a new pharmaceutical startup that just received a Series A venture investment of $218 million earlier this month and apparently has put some of the money to immediate use with the Rahko acquisition. Rahko was founded in 2018 by computer science graduates from University College London (UCL) and has developed a software product called Hyrax which can provide faster and cheaper drug discovery. Their solution currently uses classical AI algorithms now, but they are planning to use quantum computing in the future once better performing quantum computing hardware becomes available. A press release from Odyssey Therapeutics announcing the acquisition can be found here.
December 17, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Awarded €12.5 Million ($14.2M USD) in Funding from the European Innovation Council
The funding from the European Innovation Council is comprised of an equity investment of €10 million with and a grant of €2.5 million. It is the first award the council has made to a quantum software company. This follows a €10 Million ($11.5M USD) seed round that Multiverse received in October as well as the August release of their flagship Singularity software product. Multiverse is focused on providing software that can help provide solutions to various finance related problems including portfolio optimization, capital allocation, fraud detection and risk management. Multiverse will be using some of the funds to further develop its Monte Carlo asset valuation engine, as well as derivative evaluation capabilities and stress test tools for financial institutions and central banks. It will also use some of the funds to hire more staff and to expand to additional new vertical markets. The company is among the largest quantum software companies in Europe and currently has about 35 employees. For more about this funding, you can find a news release provided by Multiverse available here.
December 16, 2021
Who’s News – Management Additions at IonQ and ColdQuanta
IonQ and ColdQuanta have announced several new additions to fill out their management teams. Click here to find out what new position they have filled and who they have recruited for these positions.
December 15, 2021
Rigetti Announces 40 and 80 Qubit Processors and also Collaborations with Deloitte and Strangeworks to Explore Quantum Applications
We had reported last June that Rigetti was working on an 80-qubit processor utilizing multi-chip technology and they have just announced they are now starting to make it available for private beta through the Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services with anticipated general availability in Q1 2022. The 80-qubit processor, which they call Aspen-M, is constructed using two 40 qubit chips that are connected together. Rigetti described their technical approach to multi-chip implementations in an arXiv paper that you can see here. In addition, a processor that utilizes a single 40-qubit chip, which they call Aspen-11, has reached general availability and can now be accessed via the AWS Braket, Strangeworks Ecosystem and Rigetti’s Quantum Cloud Service. Related to this announcement, Rigetti disclosed that they are working with Deloitte and Strangeworks to explore potential applications in the areas of material simulation, optimization, and machine learning that can utilize this technology. Click here for the full article.
December 14, 2021
Quantware and SEEQC Partner to Integrate the Cryogenic Digital Control Logic onto the QPU Chip
Quantware, based in Delft, Netherlands, develops superconducting based qubit chips. Their latest product, called Soprano, is available now and can be delivered to customers either as a die or a fully packaged chip with a 30-day lead-time. SEEQC is a New York based company formed in 2019 as a spinoff of Hypres. They operate a state-of-the-art multi-layer superconducting chip fabrication facility and provide foundry services for superconducting devices. They possess a digital logic technology called SFQ (Single Flux Quantum) that can operate at the same ultra-cold cryogenic temperatures as the qubits. By combining the two companies’ technology together on the same chip they can solve the wiring problem inherent in today’s superconducting based systems. Click here for more.
December 12, 2021
U.S. QIS Budget Proposed to Grow 10.6% to $877 Million in FY2022
The Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council has proposed an FY 2022 total government budget for quantum technology of $877 million for fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022 – which runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). This is an increase of about 10.6% from the estimated $793 million that was spent in FY 2021. Click here for the full article.
December 11, 2021
D-Wave Announces NEC as a Global Reseller, the QuickStart Program as an Accelerator for Developers, and PayPal as a Customer
NEC is an investor in D-Wave and had previously signed an agreement with work with D-Wave in December 2019. But now they have broadened the collaborations and NEC will serve as a Global Reseller for D-Wave. NEX will gradually expand their consulting and professional services to the 38 countries where D-Wave’s Leap platform is available today. The arrangement will allow NEC’s customers to access Leap view the cloud, purchase seats in D-Wave’s training courses, and leverage the utility of hybrid workflows with NEC’s assistance. Quickstart is a new program with a goal of providing Python developers the skills and knowledge to start building and running quantum applications within one week. And they disclosed that they have been working with PayPal who is investingating the potential use of D-Wave’s quantum computer for certain financial applications such as fraud detection. For more details about these announcement, click here to view our full article.
December 11, 2021
Who’s News at Pasqal, Duality Accelerator, and the Quantum Strategy Institute
Pasqal has announced a new scientific advisor. The Duality Accelerator has created a new Technical Advisory Committee, and the Quantum Strategy Institute has established a new Board of Directors. Click here to see who will be involved with each of these organizations.
December 11, 2021
Partnership Announcements: Pasqal/Nvidia, PsiQuantum/Qunasys/JSR, Rigetti/PlanQK, and Quantum-South/Universidad de Montevideo
Several partnership announcements of various types were made this week for joint research and development between quantum computing providers and potential users, researchers or other collaborators. Click here for the details.
December 9, 2021 – News Brief
BMW and AWS Announce Winners to Their Quantum Computing Challenge
In July of this year, we wrote about a Quantum Computing Challenge issued by BMW and AWS. The purpose was to develop quantum algorithms for four specific industrial problems and to test them on real quantum computing technologies. About 70 companies submitted entries and these are the winners:
1. Sensor positions for automated driving functions: Accenture
2. Simulation of material deformations: Qu&Co
3. Configuration optimisation of pre-series vehicles: 1QBit and NTT
4. Automated quality analyses: QC Ware
BMW will continue to work with these winners as a customer so that the winners can continue development of these pilot projects. For more details, you can view a press release announcing these winners on the BMW website here and another press release that announcing the winners on the AWS website here.
December 8, 2021
IonQ Next Generation: Barium In, Ytterbium Out
Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, gave a sneak peek at the Q2B conference of a few characteristics of the next generation quantum computer they are developing for 2022. The significant change is that they are changing the fundamental material used to create the ions from Ytterbium to Barium. Click here for more.
December 8, 2021 – News Brief
ColdQuanta’s 100 Qubit Hilbert Computer Will Become Available through Strangework’s Backstage Pass Program
We had a detailed article describing ColdQuanta’s 100 qubit Hilbert cold atom based quantum computer last July and they have now announced that early beta access for it will be available through Strangework’s Backstage Pass program in Q1’2022. The Backstage Pass program provides early access to new machines to a select number of users. It will join IBM’s Eagle processor in what we are calling the “adolescent sized” quantum computers. These computers contain more qubits than could be simulated with a classical computer simulator. However, whether or not they could support real world quantum advantage applications is still not yet know because it will depend upon the quality level of the qubits and other factors. To see the announcement about the Hilbert joining the Backstage Pass program, you can read details in the press release here. You can view our write-up describing the Hilbert in our previous article here. To view our previous article about Strangework’s Backstage Pass program, you can view our article here. And to apply for the Backstage Program to access Hilbert, you can go to this page on the Strangeworks website.
December 7, 2021
Cambridge Quantum Introduces Quantum Origin, a Quantum Random Number Generation Service
Cambridge Quantum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quantinuum has announced a cryptographic key generation platform that utilizes Quantinuum’s H-Series quantum computers, Powered by Honeywell. To receive a key an organization will access the H-series computing via an API, it will generate the key, run an assurance test on the key to make sure it is as unpredictable as possible, and sends it back to the requestor. The keys can be used with current encryption algorithms such as RSA and AES used in most classical computer today and they are also usable with the new Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) keys being standardized in a selection process being run by NIST. Click here for the full article.
December 6, 2021 – News Brief
Microsoft Azure to Add Rigetti as Another Hardware Provider
Rigetti computing announced that they will be integrating their quantum computer with the Microsoft Azure Cloud service making them the fourth company that will have a quantum computer accessible through Microsoft Azure. They will join IonQ, Honeywell (now Quantinuum), and Quantum Circuits Inc. (QCI). IonQ and Honeywell’s machines are based on ion trap technology while QCI and Rigetti’s use superconducting qubits. Although Rigetti declined to say which of their machines would be available on Microsoft Azure, they did indicate that it will be the largest quantum computer accessible, and that integration will be complete and the machine available to users in the first quarter of 2022. Rigetti also has a partnership with Amazon AWS and their machine is also available on that cloud service as well as Rigetti’s own cloud service. You can view Rigetti’s press release announcing this development here and a blog post from Microsoft here.
December 2, 2021
Innovative European Open Master’s Degree in Quantum Technology is Launching
The Quantum Technology Open Master (QTOM) (LINK: https://qtom.qtedu.eu/ ) project provides opportunities for European master’s degree students to assemble their quantum technology education, with support from over 30 top academic institutions across Europe and around the world. QTOM is a pilot project of the EU Quantum Flagship (LINK: https://qt.eu/) that coordinates an expansive portfolio of learning opportunities, remote courses, and research projects for bona fide graduate-level ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit. The official launch of the project to the public is scheduled for Monday December 6, 2021, at 16:00 CET / 10:00 US/Eastern. All interested parties are invited to attend. Visit https://qtom.qtedu.eu/launch-event/ for online event details and registration link. Click here to see more informaiton about this program.
December 1, 2021 – News Brief
Classiq To Collaborate with NTT DATA to Implement Algorithms for Credit Risk Analysis
NTT DATA is part of the NTT group of companies and is one of the leading providers of IT and business services in over 50 countries worldwide. They will be working with Classiq to utilize Classiq’s software for credit risk analysis. Credit risk analysis is a very important function within financial institutions. It can also be very complex. These algorithms will look at a wide variety of factors involved in a lending situation and help determine the risk involved that may arise from a borrower defaulting on the loan or other factors. This data will help the lender make a decision on whether or not to approve the loan. In classical computing this is often accomplished using a Monte Carlo algorithm which can be quite compute intensive. The Classiq software will allow a user to specify the algorithm with a high-level functional model and then use the software to translate it into optimized, low-level gate based models that can be targeted for a variety of quantum hardware platforms which in the future will be able to provide either a more accurate or a faster result to the potential lender. You can view Classiq’s announcement that it is working with NTT DATA in a post located on their website which you can see here.
December 1, 2021 – News Brief
European Consortium Starts a High-Performance Computer and Quantum Simulator Hybrid” (HPCQS) Project with €12 Million ($13.6M USD) in Funding
The HPCQS project sets out to integrate two quantum simulators, each controlling about 100+ qubits with classical supercomputers located at the Joliot Curie of GENCI, operated at CEA/TGCC, and the JUWELS modular supercomputer at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The project started on December 1, 2021, will last for four years, and has a €12 million budget. The software simulators involved include the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) and ParTec’s Parastation Modulo. Another quantum company involved will be ParityQC which will develop connections from the proposed middleware to ParityOS, as well as exploring potential use cases. Additional participants will include various organizations from the academia, research, technology, and industry sectors. More information about this project can be found on the HPCQS website at https://www.hpcqs.eu/.
December 1, 2021 – News Brief
SpeQtral Receives $8.3 Million USD in Venture Funding
SpeQtral is a Singapore based startup developing commercial space-based QKD founded on technology developed at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore. Among other projects they have a collaboration with Toshiba to power quantum-secure communication solutions in Southeast Asia. They have just announced they have closed an $8.3 million USD funding round led by Xora Innovation with additional participation from TIS Ventures. The funds will be used to expand SpeQtral’s regional and international presence, establish strategic business partnerships, hire top talent, support the commercial rollout of terrestrial systems, and further develop its satellite-based systems. For more about this announcement you can view a news release they have posted on their web site.
December 1, 2021 – News Brief
Xanadu Selects VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as One of their Manufacturing Partners
One of the most strategic decisions a quantum hardware company can make is how they plan to manufacture their chips. Some companies, such as Rigetti, have decided to construct their own fabrication facility in order to obtain the best possible control and fabrication turn-around time. While others, including D-Wave, PsiQuantum, and others are utilizing semiconductor foundries to build their chips. Xanadu has decided to take the latter approach, but it appears they will be using multiple vendors for different parts of their system. In August, they announced they will partner with imec in Belgium to fabricate the chips that contain the photonic qubits based on imec’s ultra-low loss silicon nitride (SiN) waveguides. But to complete the design, they also need sensitive photon detectors to count the qubits when they come out at the end of the silicon nitride waveguide chips. For this, they have selected the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as their vendor. VTT will be using a superconducting photon detector technology to build these devices for Xanadu which Xanadu will use in their development of a fault tolerant quantum computer. You can view VTT’s announcement that they have been selected as a vendor to Xanadu in a news release available on their website here.
November 30, 2021
New Quantum Intermediate Representation Alliance Formed
The Linux Foundation has just announced they are forming a QIR Alliance (Quantum Intermediate Representation Alliance) that will work to establish an intermediate representation for quantum circuits with the goal to facilitate interoperability within the quantum ecosystem and provide a representation suitable for current and future heterogenous quantum processors. The Quantum Intermedia Representation will be built on top of the LLVM intermediate language standard used in the classical computing. Founding members of the QIR Alliance include Honeywell, Microsoft, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Quantum Circuits Inc. and Rigetti Computing. Click here to read more about the background and our full analysis of this development.
November 30, 2021 – News Brief
Q-CTRL Receives $25 Million (USD) Series B Financing
The round was led by Airbus Ventures with additional participation from Ridgeline Partners, Main Sequence Ventures, Horizons Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Sierra Ventures, DCVC, Sequoia Capital China and In-Q-Tel. Besides Q-CTRL’s work in developing control software for quantum computing, Airbus has been particularly interested in Q-CTRL’s recent work in quantum sensing. Dr. Lewis Pinault, Airbus Ventures Partner based in Tokyo said “At Airbus Ventures, we’re particularly excited about Q-CTRL’s widening span of advanced applications and solutions, including lunar development, geospatial intelligence, and Earth observation, all increasingly critical in the global effort to address the accelerating planetary system crises we now face.” Q-CTRL is also developing a new data-as-a-service market powered by quantum sensing for acceleration, gravity, and magnetic fields. They have also recently introduced a product called Black Opal which is an interactive quantum technology education program. More information about this Series B funding is available in a blog post on the Q-CTRL website which can be see here.
November 30, 2021
AWS Introduces Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs and also the Upcoming Addition of QuEra and Oxford Quantum Circuits as Hardware Providers to the Braket Service
At Amazon’s re:Invent conference they announced the Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs capability that will automate the management and configuration of hybrid processing jobs that require a classical and quantum computer to iteratively work together to solve a problem. These type of hybrid approaches are used in common quantum algorithms such as QAOA and VQE and this capability can significantly simplify the work of an end user as well as improve the overall program run time. They also announced that QuEra and Oxford Quantum Circuits will be added as hardware providers in the near future. View our full article reporting on these developments here.
November 30, 2021
Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Close Merger; New Company Called Quantinuum
We reported last June about the plans for Honeywell Corporation spin off its Honeywell Quantum Solutions division and have it merge with Cambridge Quantum to form a new independent private company. (See our previous articles here and here.) They have gotten through all the necessary government and other approvals and have officially started their life together under the name of Quantinuum. The company will be the largest independent quantum company with a staff of 400 people of which 300 are technical. Click here to read our full article about this merger.
November 30, 2021
VTT’s Five Qubit Quantum Computer is Now Operational
We reported last year that VTT had selected IQM to provide the country’s first quantum computer. The program has started with a five qubit machine which is now in operation at located at Micronova, a national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnology jointly run by VTT and Aalto University. Click here for more.
November 29, 2021 – News Brief
Sydney’s Tech Central Adds a New Quantum Terminal and Signs Up Its First Three Quantum Tenants
Tech Central is an effort by the New South Wales (NSW), Australia government to provide innovative tech companies to centralize and find affordable office space for scaling up. One goal will be to encourage collaboration between related companies and foster a culture of sharing ideas and resources. It will include a Scaleup Hub with 8,000 square meters (about 86,000 square feet) of space for these companies to locate and expand. The Scaleup Hub is slated to be in operation by July 2022. They also provide funding of up to $600,000 AUD ($427K USD) per company to fit-out the space and customize areas for their particular use. They have announced that the first three Quantum organizations to locate in the new Quantum Terminal will be Q-Ctrl, Sydney Quantum Academy and Quantum Brilliance. For more about Tech Central’s Quantum Terminal and its first three new quantum tenants, you can view a news release provided by the NSW government and available on their website here.
November 27, 2021 – News Brief
NIST Issues RFI Asking for Input on Quantum Computing Trends & Risks for a Congressional Study
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking information about the public and private sector marketplace trends, supply chain risks, legislative, policy, and the future investment needs of eight emerging technology areas, including quantum computing. The goal will be to gather ideas from people both in the industry and the general public of ways that can foster economic growth and competitiveness across the Nation that benefit all citizens. Information that the government seeks includes material related to the relevant marketplaces; supply chains; legislative, policy and standards needs; and strategic public-private partnerships to enhance adoption. This will help the government identify, understand, refine, and guide the development of the current and future state of technology in quantum computing and the other seven emerging technology areas. The deadline for responding to the RFI (Request for Information) is January 31, 2022 and the full RFI has been posted on the Federal Register website here.
November 25, 2021
Zurich Instruments Unveils a New Qubit Controller for Superconducting Qubits
Zurich Instruments new product, called the SHFQC, provides both qubit control and readout in one unit for up to 6 qubits. It combines the capabilities of their SHFSG Signal Generator for generating microwave pulses and their SHFQA Quantum Analyzer for readout into one box. It is specifically well suited for researchers who are working with small systems, but want to have control electronics that is compact, quick to set up and intuitive to operate. Read the full article here.
November 24, 2021
U.S. Imposes a Blacklist on Chinese Organizations Working in Quantum for Military End Use
The Export Administration Regulations (EAR) managed by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce calls for the maintenance of an Entity List. The list identifies entities that have been involved, are involved, or pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. In particular, this include entities that are involved in developing technology that have a military end use (MEU) including such areas as artificial intelligence, advanced semiconductors, quantum computing, and others. Special export controls are imposed on organizations on this list and for the most part, it makes it impossible for these companies to purchase components or do business with U.S. companies. Eight organizations were identified as being involved with quantum technology and added to the list including the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, QuantumCTek Co., and Shanghai QuantumCTek Co., Ltd. for their efforts to acquire and attempt to acquire U.S.-origin items in support of military applications. Click here for more.
November 24, 2021 – News Brief
Dell Partners with IonQ to Test Hybrid Classical-Quantum Solutions
We wrote last September about Dell’s first step in quantum computing to test a solution that integrates their Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd with IBM Qiskit quantum emulator. They have now taken a second step to test how their server can be integrated with both IonQ’s quantum simulator (also called a vQPU or virtual Quantum Processing Unit) as well as IonQ’s real ion trap quantum computer. Although the title of their blog post mentions the term “on-premise” this is only true when using a configuration that uses the vGPU. When interfacing with a IonQ’s real QPU in Maryland, that machine will still be remote. However, that may still provide some performance advantage because this Dell solution allows one to bypass IonQ’s normal job-queues and directly submit one’s program to IonQ’s remote QPU for execution. We should mention that IonQ’s roadmap calls for development of a rackmount version of their machine in 2023 and this would make it more amenable to develop a full on-premise installation. Perhaps another factor that Dell considered when deciding to partner with IonQ is the fact that IBM sells its own classical servers that compete with the PowerEdge R740xd, while IonQ does not. For more on Dell’s announcement that it is partnership with IonQ, you can view a blog post on the Dell Technology website that you can view here.
November 23, 2021 – News Brief
QuTech Introduces a Quantum Network Explorer
QuTech, a Dutch organization that is a collaboration between the TU Delft and TNO, has introduced a web site where users can simulate various aspects of a quantum internet. At this time, the simulations are performed on a classical computer but it is conceivable that this web site might allow allow users to try experience on real quantum communications hardware sometime in the future. The web site provides graphical animations of various quantum communications operations. There are currently three pre-configured applications available for beginners which include a Distributed CNOT, State Teleportation (also known as Quantum Teleportation), and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). The website also includes an Application Development Kit for Quantum Network Explorer (QNE-ADK) for researchers who want to build their own experiments. To learn more about the Quantum Network Explorer, you can visit their web site to try out the sample applications, read the documentation, or get instructions on how to install the QNE-ADK software.
November 21, 2021 – News Brief
Northrup Grumman to Provide Virgina Tech with $12.5 Million for Quantum Research and Education
The funding will allow Virgina Tech to create a new Center of Quantum Architecture and Software Development on the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. It will supplement another $15.8 million in funding that was already planned by the Virgina Tech Innovation Campus. This support will be used to establish an endowed faculty position at the center, endow five to ten graduate fellowships, help connect Northrup Grumman experts with Virgina Tech faculty, create pathway programs to engage K-12 students, and support master of engineering projects in computer science and computer engineering. Construction of the innovation campus broke ground in Alexandria, Virginia in September 2020 and is expected to be ready by 2024. For more about this grant from Northrup Grumman, you can view a news release on the Virginia Tech website here.
November 20, 2021
Who’s News – New Additions at PQShield, Riverlane and Quantum Machines
PQShield a UK cybersecurity company specializing in post-quantum cryptography has added Michael Vroobel as VP of Operations and Alan Grau as VP Business Development. Vroobel has had prior experience at fintech startups TrueLayer and MarketFinance. Riverlane has appointed of Cory Vander Jagt as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances. He was previously the Director of Strategic Alliances at GitHub which was acquired by Microsoft in 2018. And Quantum Machines has announced that Max Schireson has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Read our full article here which provides additional information about these new management appointments.
November 19, 2021
Australia Signs Quantum Cooperation Agreement with the U.S, Commits to Invest A$111 million ($80 million USD) in Quantum, and Use Quantum Tech to Help Run the NSW Transit System
A trio of separate announcements involving quantum technology from different branches of the Australian government has been released in the last couple of weeks. The first was an announcement from the New South Wales (NSW) Transport Minister, Rob Stokes, that they plan to build a Centre of Quantum Technology with a mission to help run Sydney’s vast transport network. The second announcement was from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the country will invest in nine critical technology with quantum computing being allocated funding of A$111 million over ten years to commercialize Australia’s quantum research and help businesses find markets and investors. And the third announcement is a statement of intent has been signed between the United States and Australia to cooperate on quantum technology. Click here for our article that covers each of these announcements.
November 19, 2021 – News Brief
Qunnect Sells the World’s First Commercial Quantum Memory
Quantum memories are devices that store and release entangled photon qubits. They are a key component for creating quantum repeaters that would allow quantum communications over long distances and enable a quantum internet and there are many research activities around the world to develop this technology. Qunnect, located in Brooklyn, New York, is a spinout from research originally performed at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York to commercialize this and other components needed quantum communication. The quantum memory device is based upon a technology called Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) and has a unique feature that it operates at room temperature, unlike other approaches. It achieves fidelities above 95%. The have sold their first device to Brookhaven National Laboratory which will be using it for implementation of a quantum communications demonstration network. Additional information about this device along with a video that explains how the device operates can be seen in a news release that you can find here.
November 18, 2021
Classiq Introduces a New Version of their Software that Allows Users to Integrate their Own Functional Models
Classiq is an Israeli based quantum software company provides software that automatically transforms high-level functional models into optimized quantum circuits for a wide range of back-end systems. Previously, algorithms designers could only use the built-in functions in the software that were provided by Classiq, but this new release allows a designer to integrate their own new functional block with the rest of the software. This new capability allow users include their own unique intellectual property (IP) and custom functional models. Click here for the full article.
November 18, 2021
Bluefors Introduces a New Generation of Cryogenic Platform
Bluefors has introduced a new cryogenic platform that they call KIDE (meaning snow crystal in Finnish). This platform provides more cooling capability for larger chips. It also provide more flexibility. As shown in the picture three of the hexagonal shaped units can be connected together for possible use in creating a three-way quantum computing cluster. IBM has announced it will be using this platform for its forthcoming IBM Quantum System Two series of machines. You can view the Bluefors news release announcing this platform here and a short video that provides additional views of it here.
November 18, 2021
QuEra Announces a 256 Qubit Quantum Simulator and Raises $17 Million in Funding
QuEra will be commercializing a neutral atom based 256 qubit quantum simulator originally developed at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms and will make it publicly available soon. They also announced raising $17 million in venture funding from Rakuten, Day One Ventures, Frontiers Capital and leading tech investors Serguei Beloussov, Paul Maritz, and others. Click here for our full article with additional details.
November 16, 2021
IBM’s Seven Announcements at the IBM Quantum Summit
IBM held their annual IBM Quantum Summit today and made seven significant announcements about the status and plans for their quantum computing activities. Although there was a lot of press hype about the 127 qubit Eagle processor, many of the other announcements were ignored and some may even be more significant than the Eagle itself. Click here to see our report on what they announced.
November 16, 2021 – News Brief
Quandela Receives €15 Million ($17M USD) in Funding
Quandela is a French quantum hardware startup that is planning on offering an online photonic based quantum computer in 2022. They were founded in 2017 as a spinoff of the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at CNRS. A key product for Quandela is the Prometheus, a photonic qubit generator with broad applications in quantum computing, quantum cryptography and quantum sensors. They also offer quantum photonic components to companies and research centers around the world. Omnes was the lead investor in this round with additional participation from Quantonation and the Defence Innovation Fund managed by Bpifrance. More details about this funding are available in a news release posted on the Quantonation website that you can find here.
November 16, 2021
IonQ Releases Third Quarter Financial Results
Although quarterly results at this stage aren’t very meaningful for understanding the long term prospects for the company. Now that they are a public company, they do need to go through this. For the quarter, IonQ achieved Q3 revenue of $234 thousand which is a 150% increase over the Q2 revenue of $93 thousand. But expenses went up a lot with Q3 R&D expense at $6.18 million versus $5.47 million in Q2. Sales and Marking costs were at $1.28 million versus $871 thousand in Q2 although General & Administrative costs were $6.7 million including one-time offering costs of $4.2 million versus $2.9 million in Q2. The Net Loss in Q3 was $14.7 million versus a loss in Q2 of $9.9 million in Q3. In addition, they announced expected bookings by year end to total $15.7 million to $15.9 million and ended the quarter with $587 million in cash. Click here to view the full article.
November 15, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Quantum Computer Selected for Integration as an Accelerator for an HPC System in Germany’s Q-Exa Project
The IQM superconducting quantum computer will be integrated within a high performance computing (HPC) installation at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) near Munich. Other partners in this activity include Atos, Europe’s leading HPC company, and HQS, a quantum software startup company. Q-Exa is a €45.3 million ($51M USD) consortium project with major funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that will research making quantum acceleration of HPC applications a reality. More about the Q-Exa project and integration of IQM’s quantum computing can be found in a news release available here.
November 15, 2021 – News Brief
QED-C Will Start Accepting Memberships from non-U.S. Corporations
The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), a consortium established in 2018 by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of stakeholders that aims to enable and grow the quantum industry has announced that it will start accepting Tier-2 memberships from non-U.S. corporations located in certain countries approved by the QED-C steering committee. The list of countries currently includes Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the UK with more expected to be approved in the future. More information about membership in QED-C can be found on their Membership webpage here.
November 14, 2021 – News Brief
Agnostiq Chooses Xanadu’s Pennylane as a Base for Software that Addresses Financial Problems
Agnostiq, a Canadian quantum software startup, will build software that solves various financial problems on top of Xanadu’s Pennylane. The Pennylane software is a quantum machine learning library that supports a very wide variety of the different hardware platforms that are currently available. By leveraging this software Agnostiq will be able to accelerate the availability of its solutions since it can concentrate its resources more on the end applications rather than the fundamental algorithms that are common with quantum machine learning and variational quantum computing. In addition, it provides more flexibility for Agnostiq’s customers in choosing which hardware backend to use due to the wide hardware support built into Pennylane. Additional information about this activity can be found in a press release issued by Xanadu that’s available here.
November 13, 2021 – News Brief
Amazon AWS and CINECA Will Collaborate on a Series of Quantum Computing Research Initiatives
CINECA is a non-profit consortium based in Bologna, Italy that is made up of 70 Italian universities, eight research institutions and the Italian Ministry of Higher Education. It hosts the the most powerful supercomputing center for scientific research in Italy and its mission is to support the Italian scientific community through supercomputing and scientific visualization tools. Amazon AWS will work with them by supporting CINECA identified projects with AWS Cloud Credits for Research that provides credits for free time on the AWS cloud services. They will also jointly host a series of workshops to deepen the quantum expertise of the HPC research community. And Amazon will join a CINECA steering committee along with other quantum computing experts to represent the quantum computing research community in Italy and help identify cutting-edge quantum computing research projects that can leverage Amazon’s Braket quantum cloud services. More information about this collaboration can be found in a blog that has been posted on the Amazon AWS Braket website.
November 12, 2021 – News Brief
Classiq Joins the Fraunhofer Led Sequoia Project Which Focuses on Industrial Hybrid Quantum Applications and Algorithms
Classiq, an Israeli quantum software startup company, has joined the Sequoia project which will focus on software engineering of industrial, hybrid quantum applications and algorithms. The project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO with additional partners including Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, University of Tübingen, Chair of Embedded Systems, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, University of Stuttgart, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, and the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Architecture of Application Systems (IAAS). The project is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and will last from 2021 to 2023. Classiq will be working on two main problems within this project including solving mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) problems with state-of-the art (gate-based) quantum computers and solving coupled partial differential equations with the Harrow Hassidim Lloyd (HHL) quantum algorithm. You can view Classiq’s announcement that they have joined this project in a press release available here.
November 12, 2021 – News Brief
IQM Opens a Dedicated Fab Facility in Finland
IQM, a superconducting quantum processor startup headquartered in Espoo, Finland, has opened a dedicated fabrication facility in Espoo, Finland. The facilities size is 560 square meters (about 4000 square feet) and will cost about € 20 million ($22.9M USD). The pilot line at this facility will be ramped-up over the coming months, and it is expected to reach maximum production capacity during 2022. The company has received €71 million in funding to date and has also received a contract from VTT in Finland to build the country’s first commercial 54 qubit quantum processor. They are also implementing a unique strategy of creating application specific quantum processor that would be optimized for specific types of algorithms with help from their offices in Spain and Germany. Additional information about IQM’s announcement of the facility opening can be viewed in a press release available here and a video of the opening ceremony which can be seen here.
November 11, 2021 – News Brief
The Advanced Quantum Testbed at the Berkeley Lab Releases an Open Source Control Electronics Design for Superconducting Processors
One of the most critical subsystems in a superconducting quantum computer is the portion of the machine that contains the control electronics. These electronics generate the microwave pulses that are used to control the qubits to implement the various gates needed to run a quantum program. Up until now, an engineer developing a quantum processor would need to chose from purchasing commercial control electronics from one of the companies specializing in these products or designing their own from scratch. Now the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has designed key low-noise RF mixing modules that can be used by anyone with an open source design that can be downloaded from GitLab. RF mixers convert the frequency of an incoming signal to either a higher or a lower frequency depending upon the use. By providing an open source option, a team using this for their quantum computer design could potentially save time or money or both. The team’s approach was to develop small interactive mixing modules that can be configured in a modular fashion for a specific application. Although this initial design has focused on providing the controls for superconducting qubits, this technology has expansion potential for use in controlling other types of qubits. Additional information about this design can be seen in a news release provided by AQT here as well as the GitLab pages where one can access the design here.
November 11, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Partners with IonQ to Offer their Financial Software on the IonQ Platform
We described last August Multiverse’s Singularity quantum software solution for financial applications. This software can enable financial institutions to model real-life financial problems such as Fair Price calculations, portfolio creation and optimization, ETF replication, risk valuation, and many other simulations with speed and accuracy. One thing that is highly significant about this software is that it can take input in the form of an Excel spreadsheet and then automatically translate that problem statement into a program that can run be on a quantum computer. This makes it significantly easier for a user to start access the power of a quantum computer. IonQ has now announced that it has integrated support for IonQ’s ion trap computer into Singularity. So Singularity will be able to automatically push your data directly to the IonQ’s quantum computer and will not require going though a cloud service provider like Amazon, Microsoft, or Google to access the machine. Multiverse indicates that IonQ is now a preferred quantum compute partner for their Singularity platform. Additional information about Multiverse’s partnership with IonQ is available in a press release here and additional information about Singularity is available on a page located on Multiverse’s website here.
November 10, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Algorithms Institute and Mitacs Announce a Funded Internship Program
The Quantum Algorithms Institute is a non-profit organization was founded in 2019 with a mission to grow the applied quantum computing ecosystem in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. Mitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Together the two have established a program to provide university students with ten internships that pay up to $40,000 (CAD) per year for a period of eight months for quantum computing research in a variety of application areas or to design new algorithms. The proposals for an internship must include the participation of one QAI industry member such as Microsoft, IBM, AWS, D-Wave, or 1QBit and one B.C. post-secondary institution. A student must be based in British Columbia but they can partner with another student from an approved university anywhere in the world. The interns will be expected to present their research findings after the completion of their internship. The deadline to apply for this program is January 31, 2022. For more information about this program, you can view a news release from the Quantum Algorithms Institute here and also detailed rules that are available in a Call for Proposal document here.
November 10, 2021
Your Chance to Help the EdQuantum Project Develop a Curriculum for Training Quantum Technicians
One of the common themes we are hearing at every quantum conference these days is the criticality of developing a quantum workforce so that we get the most advantage out of quantum technology as soon as we can. Although a number of good training programs have been started, one area that hasn’t received as much attention is the development two-year programs for quantum technicians who could potentially perform many of the activities that would have to be otherwise need to be done by individuals with full undergraduate or graduate level degrees. Appropriately utilizing these quantum technicians could significantly expand the availability of human resources that are needed to build, deploy and use quantum technology. Recognizing this, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided a grant to the Indian River State College to create the EdQuantum program for training quantum technicians. The first steps for this program is to take an industry survey from industry of those skills they consider important for a quantum technician role. For more information about this survey and how you can participate and provide you inputs, click here to find out more.
November 10, 2021 – News Brief
Q-CTRL Introduces Black Opal, an Interactive, Online Quantum Learning Platform for Beginners
Black Opal uses visualization, interactivity and animation targeted for technology professionals, STEM-enthusiast teenagers, science fans, and self-learners and other beginners who want to learn more about quantum computing without requiring any pre-requisites. “Black Opal helps anyone go from zero knowledge to programming real quantum computers without facing the barriers of formal coursework,” said Q-CTRL Founder and CEO Professor Michael J. Biercuk. “It supports students and professionals seeking careers in the quantum industry, and provides insight to the most curious enthusiasts from real research leaders in the field. There’s no better way to learn quantum computing from actual experts.” In order to incentivize users to try it out, Q-CTRL is holding a Black Friday sale (a first for the quantum industry!). They are offering a 12 month subscription plus four months beta access for a special price of $50, a discount from the normal price of $180 for sign-ups entered between November 19-29, 2021. Additional information about Black Opal and the Black Friday sale can be found in a news release provided by Q-CTRL that you can find here. To get a subscription and to view a short video demonstration of it, you can visit a page on the Q-CTRL website here.
November 10, 2021 – News Brief
ORCA Computing will Lead a Team for a £9 Million ($12M USD) Quantum Data Centre of the Future Project
ORCA Computing will be leading the project to research how quantum computing can integrate with the data centers that currently underpin and drive the digital economy. Other participating organizations in the project include BP, BT, Digital Catapult, Imperial College London, National Composites Centre, NCC Group Security Services, PQShield, KETS Quantum Security, Riverlane, University College London, University of Bath, University of Bristol, and the University of Southampton. The project will be using quantum-safe communications solutions including Quantum Random Number generation, Quantum Key Distribution and Post-Quantum Cryptography so that users can access data and computing resources remotely in a way that is secured against both conventional and quantum computing attacks. This award was part of twelve different quantum projects announced recently as part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) for a total of £50 million ($67M USD). For additional information about the Quantum Data Centre project, you can view a news release posted on the KETS website here and for additional information about the other NQTP awards you can see a news release on the UK Research and Innovation website here.
November 9, 2021
Classical Computing Strikes Back; Simulation Advances from NVIDIA and China
One thing not fully understood is that significant innovation is still occurring in classical computing and those trying to demonstrate a quantum advantage over a classical solution will find that the competitive bar is continually being raised. Some will say that classical computing is slowing down because Moore’s Law improvements are becoming harder to come by, but that is too simplistic. There is still much classical computing innovation still occurring in new architectures, new algorithms, and development of quantum-inspired solutions. Two recent announcements from GPU manufacturer NVIDIA and a research group in China show some significant advances in the classical simulation of quantum algorithms that may make these approaches much more attractive for use in real world problems. Click here for more.
November 8, 2021 – News Brief
Three New Corporate Partners Join the Chicago Quantum Exchange
Classiq, Lake Shore Cryotronics, and Oxford Instruments have joined the Chicago Quantum Exchange as corporate partners. These companies provide software, processes, tools, and instruments that can be utilized for the quantum research being performed by member organizations of the Chicago Quantum Exchange and to help train future quantum scientists and engineers. Additional information is available in a news release posted on the Chicago Quantum Exchange website that can viewed here.
November 7, 2021 – News Brief
Delft Circuits and kiutra Team to Provide Cooling and Connections
Two of the larger mechanical engineering challenges in creating a quantum computer is to provide an efficient way of provide the low temperature cooling needed while routing all the cables down to the chip that contains the qubits. Now Delft Circuits and kiutra have gotten together to provide a fully integrated, turnkey cooling platform in a project named “SPROUT”. The project is funded by a European program called “Eurostars” with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. For more about this program, you can view a press release posted on the kiutra website that you can see here.
November 6, 2021
Q-CTRL Quantifies the Benefit of Their Qubit Control Software using the QED-C Application Benchmarks
Q-CTRL has long claimed that their qubit control software can provide improve gate fidelities and now has supplied data that can show how well it works. They have used the QED-C application benchmarks that we reported on earlier this month, and re-ran some of the tests on a few IBM superconducting quantum computers to show improved results. They used their upcoming Fire Opal toolset which will provide optimized control pulses to implement the gates on the IBM Lagos quantum computer which has seven qubits and a quantum volume of 32. This results in superior implementation of the gates with higher gate fidelities than can be achieved with the unmodified standard gates. They achieved an improved result fidelity of about 1.6X for the Grover’s Search algorithm, about 12X for the Quantum Fourier Transform and about 27X for the Bernstein-Vazirani algorithm. Click here for the full article.
November 6, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Motion Led Consortium Receives £5.7 Million ($7.7M USD) for Cryogenic Chip Development
The three year program, named Altnaharra, is funded by the UKRI’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). Additional participants in the project include the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Oxford Instruments, Oxford Ionics, and the University of Glasgow. The chip being developed will use CMOS technology and provide for integrated control and readout of qubits at low temperatures. The chip will be usable with several different qubit technologies. Additional information about this grant can be found in a news release available on the Quantum Motion website here.
November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Oxford Quantum Circuits and the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre Sign an MOU to Work Together and Enable the Pathway to Quantum Readiness in the UK
The companies will work together to utilize Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) recently established Quantum Computing as-a-Service (QCaas) and leverage the National Quantum Computing Centre’s (NQCC) reach to provide a lead on sector-based engagement. This will help boost access to quantum computing resources for UK-based users in the future and drive adoption of the technology. The organizations will identify potential users and showcase the capabilities of UK technologies and expertise, through access to OQC’s quantum computing platforms. It will also help ensure data onshoring for critical applications. For more details about this, you can view a press release provided by NQCC and available here.
November 5, 2021
SEEQC UK Announces Three New Project Awards by Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)
The first is a £6.85 million ($9.25M USD) grant from Innovate UK to build a commercially scalable application-specific quantum computer designed to tackle prohibitively high costs within pharmaceutical drug development. The second project is a £6.8 million ($9.1M USD) initiative led by Riverlane, to develop advanced quantum calibration methods that utilize machine learning and support the integration of SEEQC’s unique superconducting classical logic platform with cryoCMOS components to support deep memory. And the third project is a £6.5 million ($8.77M USD) initiative led by sureCore, will also support the integration of SEEQC’s unique superconducting classical logic platform with cryoCMOS components, combining the optimal features of each component in support of the company’s platform development. For more, you can view our full article by clicking here.
November 5, 2021
Two Consortiums with Universal Quantum Win Awards for £7.5 Million ($10.1M USD) and £6.5 Million ($8.7M USD) from the U.K. Government
In consecutive days this week, Universal Quantum announced that it is participating in two different consortium projects that have won sizable awards. The first consortium is led by Universal Quantum and includes a £7.5 million grant from from Innovate UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to build an error-corrected quantum computer that can be applied to help solve high-impact problems in the aerospace industry. The second consortium will be led by by sureCore with a goal to develop advanced cryogenic semiconductor IP and be funded with £6.5 Million from Innovate UK’s £36M ISCF project. Click here for the full article.
November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Denise Ruffner, Justin Ging Join Atom Computing; Jake Taylor Joins Riverlane
Denise Ruffner will serve as the Chief Business Officer for Atom Computing with responsibilities for leading customer, partner and sales strategy. She previously was the Vice-President of Business Development at IonQ and has additional quantum experience gained from her previous roles at Cambridge Quantum and IBM. Justin Ging will be the Chief Product Officer at Atom Computing. Previously, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Honeywell Quantum Solutions with other experience at Samsung and Aptina Imaging. Riverlane has appointed Dr. Jake Taylor as Chief Science Officer. Dr. Taylor was the assistant director for quantum information science at the White House from 2017 to 2020, and help lead the creation of the US National Quantum Initiative. Part of his responsibilities at Riverlane include helping them establish a larger U.S. presence by assisting in the hiring of engineers and researchers in the Boston area. You can view the news releases announcing these new management appointments at Atom Computing here and at Riverlane here.
November 5, 2021 – News Brief
Rigetti, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and University of Southern California Awarded a $3.1 Million Contract for Quantum Simulation of Nuclear Fusion
The award was made by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) for a three year program to simulate plasma dynamics associated with fusion energy on Rigetti’s cloud-based quantum computers. The project will also help advance Rigetti’s quantum technology as it involves applying control pulse engineering and dynamic error suppression techniques to enable long duration simulations with high effective gate depth. It will leverage and help extend Rigetti’s QUIL, Quil-T and other software programming libraries. QUIL is an open-source quantum instruction language for hybrid quantum-classical computing originally developed by Rigetti. Quil-T is its time-domain pulse programming extension. Additional information is available in a news release issued by Rigetti which can be viewed here.
November 5, 2021 – News Brief
The U.S. and U.K. Issue a Joint Statement of Intent to Enhance Cooperation on Quantum Information Science and Technology
The purpose of the agreement is to boost collaboration between the two countries and help realize the full potential of quantum technologies and deepen ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. This collaboration will help facilitate increased cooperation between U.S. and U.K. governmental agencies on various projects. This includes joint work performed by the the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.K. National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for quantum technologies including next-generation atomic clocks and quantum sensors. It will also enable an enhanced partnership between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) for additional collaboration on research in QIS. This statement will make it easier for U.S. government agencies to form addtional partnerships with corresponding organizations in the U.K. Additional information about this statement can be found in a press release posted on the U.S. governments Quantum.gov website that you can view here.
November 2, 2021
IBM Introduces Another New Quantum Performance called CLOPS to Measure Execution Speed
IBM has come up with a new performance metric called CLOPS (Circuit Layer Operations per Second) that can provide some visibility into speed performance. This metric is based upon the time it takes to run a quantum program that includes multiple shots, varying parameters, overheads associated with the control electronics and other factors. Click here to learn more about this new measure and some of its implications.
October 28, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Management Additions at Alice & Bob, Terra tionsQuantum, and Quantropi
A few more management additions have been announced this month. Professor Michel Devoret has been appointed as a scientific board member and advisor at Alice & Bob. Professor Devoret is a Professor of Applied Physics at Yale University and has done pioneering work in the areas of superconducting qubits and error correction. Terra Quantum has appointed Dr. Florian Neukart as Chief Product Officer. He was previously the Director of Volkswagen’s Data Lab. And Marco Pagani has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quantropi. Mr. Pagani is the President and CEO of the Ottawa Community Foundation and is a former President of Nortel. Additional details can be seen in the individual press announcements from Alice & Bob, Terra Quantum and Quantropi.
October 27, 2021 – News Brief
QuintessenceLabs Receives a $25 Million AUD ($18.75M USD) Series B Round
QuintessenceLabs, a Canberra, Australia supplier of quantum cybersecurity solutions including quantum random number generators (QRNG) and quantum key distribution devices (QKD), has received $25 Million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Main Sequence and TELUS Ventures with additional participation from Mizuho Financial Group-backed InterValley Ventures and Terry Snow’s Capital Property Group. The company is a spin-off from the Australian National University in Canberra and had previously received funding of $3.26 million AUD ($2.45M USD) and followed by an additional funding of $528 thousand ($396K USD) from the Australian Department of Defence. Among other uses, the company will be using these funds to scale up its sales and marketing efforts and will expand its teams in the U.S. and later on the U.K., Japan and India. Additional information about QuintessenceLabs and the funding can be found in a press release provided by them that’s available here.
October 26, 2021 – News Brief
Amazon Opens the AWS Center for Quantum Computing in Pasadena
Amazon had announced last year that it was building a new center for quantum computer research on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California and they now have announced that its opening after a year of construction. The two-story 21,000 square foot (1950 square meters) facility will include office space, laboratories and everything needed for Amazon to make, test and operate quantum processors. Although Amazon is currently partnering with D-Wave, Rigetti and IonQ to offer quantum computing cloud services through their AWS platform, they are also busy designing their own superconducting based quantum computer with error correction. Although they have not released any schedule or specification information on what they are working, they have published technical papers that describe their approach which we reported on in a three part series with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Caltech describes this facility as the first first corporate-partnership building on the Caltech campus. Amazon will benefit because it will allow them to tap into the large talent base at Caltech. For additional information about the opening of this building, you can view a blog article posted on the AWS Quantum website here and a second news article provided by Caltech available on their website here.
October 26, 2021 – News Brief
Qualcomm Ventures Invests in Quantum Machines
We reported on Quantum Machines raise of $50 million in a Series B round in September. They now have announced that Qualcomm Ventures will also become an investor in Quantum Machines as an extension to their Series B round. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. To our knowledge this is Quantum Ventures first investment in a quantum company. Overall they have invested in 150 portfolio companies around the world in companies working in the 5G, artificial intelligence, automotive, IoT, consumer, enterprise cloud areas. You can view Quantum Machines press release announcing this investment here.
October 24, 2021 – News Brief
Toshiba Develops a Three Chip Solution for QKD
Toshiba has developed a photonic integrated circuit solution that shrinks the core QKD functionality into three chips. Although these chips are still prototypes, they are built with standard semiconductor manufacturing process which could pave the way for future high volume production at competitive costs. The three chips are separated into the QTx transmitter chip, QRx receiver chip, and the QRNG quantum random number generator chip. They are capable of exchanging a thousand symmetric QKD codes per second over a 10 km fiber optic link. For more details about these chips, you can read a press release provided by Toshiba and available on their web site here and a technical paper published in Nature Photonics that can be viewed here.
October 22, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ Becomes the Third Corporate Member of UMD’s Quantum Startup Foundry
IonQ joins EY and The Mitre Corporation in supporting this new accelerator managed by the University of Maryland (UMD) for quantum startup companies. Perhaps this is not surprising as IonQ itself was a startup that spun out of quantum research activities at UMD. This activity is just one of many areas where IonQ and the University of Maryland are working together. In September, the two parties announced they will be partnering to create a National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) with $20 Million in funding from the university. Additional information about IonQ’s collaborations with the university can be viewed in a news article posted on the UMD website here.
October 20, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Computing Lands a €10 Million ($11.5M USD) Seed Funding Round
Multiverse Computing is a quantum software company with headquarters in San Sebastian, Spain that specializes in providing quantum software solutions for the financial industry. Their flagship product is called Singularity that allows users to input their problem’s parameters for applications such as portfolio optimization or fraud detection into a spreadsheet and then submit the spreadsheet for solution on a quantum computer. This funding round was led by JME Ventures with additional participation from Quantonation, EASO Ventures, Inveready, CLAVE Capital (Mondragón Fondo de Promoción), Ikerlan, LKS, Penja Strategy, Seed Gipuzkoa and Ezten Venture Capital Fund. This follows an earlier pre-seed round of 1.5 Million Euro ($1.78M USD) that Multiverse received in November 2020. The company will use the funds to expand their technology and marketing efforts. In addition, they will continue their globalization strategy with increased support including offices in Toronto, Paris and Munich. The company has set a goal of reaching annual revenue close to €100 million ($116M USD) by 2027 and grow the staffing levels from the current count of 30 to about 100 people. For more information about their funding, you can view a press release they provided which is available here.
October 19, 2021
ColdQuanta Forms Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) as a New Division
Although the division is new, it actually has been ColdQuanta’s core business since they started and well before they decided to enter the quantum computing market. ColdQuanta has always offered a broad portfolio of quantum devices and machines for use in quantum systems and applications. These include such items as UHV glass cells, magneto-optical traps, cryogenic apparatus, high performance quantum based clocks, and other such items. Click here for more.
October 19, 2021 – News Brief
Applications Due October 22nd for a Jumpstart Workshop to Learn How to Test the Market Potential of Your Quantum Innovation
The Midwest I-Corps Node, in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Duality, is offering a Jumpstart workshop that will help teams explore the commercial viability of quantum technologies, including hardware and software solutions as well as quantum-enabling technologies. The workshop will consist of four two hour session from November 2 to December 14 that will provide guidance to teams on how they can learn customer pain points, build connections to a commercial ecosystem, assess the size of their potential market and develop a commercialization roadmap. Participants will be eligible to receive up to $950 in funding for customer discovery-related expenses. Additionally, qualifying teams may also be eligible for a $50,000 grant from the NSF I-Corps National Teams program, SBIR/STTR, and other commercialization grants. The deadline to apply to this Jumpstart workshop is Friday, October 22nd. An information session that further explains the Jumpstart Quantum Technology Commercialization Workshop will be held on October 21 and you can register to attend here. Other information is available in a blog post available here and a webpage description of the program here.
October 19, 2021 – News Brief
Berlin Quantum Alliance Launched with €25 Million ($29M USD) in Funding
The Berlin Senate is funding this effort with €25 million over a five year period. The funds will be split with €15 million to be used for basic research and €10 million to be used for applied research. The activities will focus on both quantum software including basic research and industry related applications as well as quantum hardware, in particular photonic quantum enabling technologies. The Berlin Quantum Alliance (BQA) is based upon a concept developed by the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (HHI). Additional information about the Berlin Quantum Alliance is available in a press release (in German) posted on the City of Berlin’s website that you can be seen here and also another press release (in English) provided by the Berlin Business Office that can be found here.
October 18, 2021 – News Brief
aQuantum Announces Subscription Plans for Its QuantumPath Software Development Platform
QuantumPath is an ecosystem of tools, services and processes that simplify the development of quantum algorithms into hybrid information systems that support gate-based, quantum annealing and simulator backends. It consists of two component types. The first are QPath Core Modules which manage agnostic quantum algorithms & solutions (gate-based, quantum annealing) assisted by general purpose tools. CORE Modules enable this hybrid (classical/quantum) computing platform to support the quantum software life cycle and engineering. The second type of components are QPath® Platform Apps that support software engineering and programming best practices adoption for developing high-quality quantum software. The software currently provides support for backends from IBM, D-Wave, Fujitsu, QuTech, AWS, and Microsoft. aQuantum is now providing four different levels of subscription plans for using this software that depend upon the size of the team and the amount of usage needed. These levels are QPath Free Developer, QPath Developer, QPath Business and QPath Enterprise. For more about aQuantum’s announcement of its subscription plans, you can read a news release posted on their website here and a webpage that provides an overview of the QuantumPath software here.
October 17, 2021 – News Brief
U.S. Government Report on International Talent in Quantum Information Science
The Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science (ESIX) subcommittee of the U.S. National Science & Technology Council (NSTC) has issued a report with recommendations on how the U.S. can work with foreign talent to help advance the quantum industry. It is important to provide a balance between supporting an open innovation ecosystem with protecting national security. The report asserts that there is a continuing shortage of quantum trained individuals worldwide and it is important to grow this workforce in order for the U.S. to retain leadership in this technology. Key recommendations from the report including the following: 1) The United States should continue welcoming talented international researchers while implementation protections to ensure that research security concerns are mitigated; 2) U.S. federal organizations should continue close collaboration with allies and partners to ensure a vibrant and secure international QIST ecosystem; 3) The NSTC Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) should develop a five-year strategic plan for QIST workforce development and 4) Federal organizations that fund research, development, and acquisition of QIST should develop coordinated, comprehensive technology protection plans to safeguard intellectual capital and property, while accounting for specific mission needs. The full report is available on the Quantum.gov website and can be found here.
October 15, 2021 – News Brief
QuICS Receives Renewed Funding of $12.2 Million from NIST
The Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) is a partnership between the University of Maryland and NIST set up to advance research and education in quantum computer science and quantum information theory. It was originally created in 2014 and now has received renewed funding of $12.2 million from NIST to cover the next five years. In addition to the $12.2 million, the University of Maryland (UMD) will also provide another $2 million over the next five years. The center will use these funds to grow its staff, research agenda and educational activities. QuICS has recently doubled its space on the UMD campus and now has additional room for the expanded activities. A news release announcing this funding can be found on the QuICS website here.
October 15, 2021
NIST Soliciting Collaborators for their Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptography Project
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) within the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is inviting interested parties to collaborate in their Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography project. The purpose of this project is to develop practices to ease the migration from the current set of public-key cryptographic algorithms to post quantum cryptography (PQC) replacement algorithms that are resistant to quantum computer-based attacks. For the full article, click here.
October 15, 2021 – News Brief
D-Wave Joins the Center for Quantum Technologies Research Program as an Industry Member
The Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program aimed at developing novel quantum technologies to address significant industry challenges. Its founding partners include Purdue University, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). D-Wave will provide access to its hardware, software and developer tools for CQT students as well as serve on the industry advisory board. They will be joining other CQT industry members including Accenture, Cummins, Entanglement, Inc., General Atomics, IBM Quantum and Quantum Computing Inc. An announcement from D-Wave about their joining the CQT program with additional information can be found here.
October 14, 2021
Cambridge Quantum Releases “lambeq”, a Quantum Natural Language Processing Toolkit and Library
lambeq (named after mathematician Joachim Lambek) is the result of research that has gone on for 10 years by Cambridge Quantum’s (CQ) Chief Scientist Bob Coecke. The concept is that a sentence consisting of a group of words can be represented as a network and the network can be converted to a quantum circuit in an application called Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP). This approach can enable real-world QNLP applications, such as automated dialogue, text mining, language translation, text-to-speech, language generation and bioinformatics. It can also be used for a more general analysis of symbol sequences that can be found in genomics and proteomics. Click here for more.
October 14, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Dice Receives £2 Million ($2.7M USD) in Pre-seed Funding
Quantum Dice is an Oxford University spinout developing a compact and continuously self-certifying quantum random number generator (QRNG) based upon a technology they call DISCTM that employs advanced silicon photonics technology to produce high-quality, certified randomness from an on-chip laser source. This technology is very high speed and was originally developed in Oxford’s world-leading Quantum Optics research group. The pre-seed fundraising consists of a £1 million venture capital investment led by Elaia Partners with additional participation from IP Group plc, and the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) managed by Midven. An additional £1 million of non-dilutive grant funding came from the Quantum Investment Accelerator run by IP Group plc in partnership with Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency. Generating high quality, fully random numbers to use as encryption keys is very important for secure communication. Using a quantum based process can help guarantee this is the case due to the non-deterministic nature inherent in the laws of quantum mechanics. Additional information about this funding can be found in a news release available here.
October 13, 2021
New Corporate Sponsors Announced at Chicago’s Duality Quantum Accelerator and Maryland’s Quantum Startup Foundry
Two quantum startup foundries in the United States have added corporate sponsors that will provide the quantum startup cohort members with equipment, training, mentorship, financial support and other services and resources. Click here to view the full article and see which corporate entities are getting involved.
October 9, 2021
Advanced Quantum Testbed Announces Open Call for New User Project Proposals
The Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has issued an open call for new user project proposals. These proposals should be for research of non-proprietary work that will be published in the scientific literature. Non-U.S. citizens are allowed to submit proposals and there is no cost to groups with accepted proposals. AQT users will have access to AQT’s scientists and engineers for close collaboration and guidance on how to best use the hardware and software capabilities at AQT. To have a proposal considered, a prospective user should start by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) by November 5, 2021. Click here for more information about this open call for proposals.
October 8, 2021 – News Brief
BT and Toshiba to Create One of World’s First Commercial Quantum Secured Communications Network Across Metro London
This network would be one of the world’s first commercially available quantum-secured metro network in the world. It will be operated by BT and utilize quantum key distribution (QKD) hardware and key management software from Toshiba, manufactured at Toshiba’s Cambridge, UK site. The companies will offer this service to enterprise customers, such as financial and legal organizations, who require the utmost security for sensitive data such as database backups. While the companies had previously installed a point-to-point network between Bristol-based NCC (National Composites Centre) and Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS), the new network will be a multi-point network across a large metropolitan area. Additional details about this announcement can be viewed in a news release located on the BT website here.
October 8, 2021 – News Brief
Zapata Partners with the University of Hull to Evaluate Orquestra to Help Evaluate Biological Signatures of Life in Deep Space
Although the project will not use quantum computing directly to search for life in deep space, it can potentially help the effort by creating a data base of detectable signatures of molecules that could suggest biological activity. MIT researchers in 2016 created a list of 14,000 molecules that could indicate signs of life in extraterrestrial planets. The E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull will evaluate using Zapata’s Orquestra and quantum computing to create a database of detectable signatures using new computational models of molecular rotations and vibrations that will show how these molecules respond to infrared radiation from nearby stars. This evaluation will be a short one, scheduled to only last for eight weeks, but there are expected to be several follow-on projects between Zapata and the University of Hull for additional quantum astrophysics related applications. Additional information about this project can be found in a news release provided by Zapata available here.
October 8, 2021 – News Brief
Strangeworks Announces a Backstage Pass Program for Early Access to the Newest Technology
Members of the Backstage Pass program will gain access to the newest technology available from Strangeworks’ own internal development team and their Quantum Syndicate members. Oftentimes, when a quantum hardware provider develops a new machine, they won’t make it fully available to the general public immediately because there may be limits on how many users it can initially support. Rather, they may make it available only to a select group of beta customers so they can better control the usage while the provider gains initial experience and makes optimizations in operating the machine. Members of the Strangeworks program can have a better chance of being included in this select group of early users with the assistance from Strangeworks. An additional benefit of the Backstage Pass Program is that members can apply for the Strangeworks Quantum Hardware Credit Program which will provide up to $5,000 in credit on the Strangeworks platform to use on hardware systems available via Amazon Braket from D-Wave, IonQ, and Rigetti. For additional information about this new program and to apply to become a member, you can view announcement of the program on their website here and also an FAQ page that provides additional details about it here. The program will officially start in January 2022, but users can apply to join the program right now an a webpage located here.
October 7, 2021 – News Brief
Microsoft Azure Adds Compatibility with Qiskit and Cirq SDKs
Previously, anyone wishing to use the Microsoft Azure quantum cloud service to access the Honeywell and IonQ quantum computers needed to use Microsoft’s Q# quantum programming language for writing their programs. Now Microsoft has written an API so that user’s existing Qiskit or Cirq programs can add a few lines of code and run their programs on the Honeywell or IonQ systems using the Azure cloud service. This will expand the potential user community for Microsoft and provide users with a greater choice of hardware providers for developing and testing their programs. You can view Microsoft’s announcement about this development in a blog article on their website here.
October 6, 2021
Rigetti to Go Public with SPAC Supernova II with Equity Value of $1.5 Billion
Rigetti Computing announced today that they will merge with SPAC Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II to become a public company. The transaction will include a cash infusion to Rigetti of $345 million in funds held in the trust account of Supernova II along with an additional $100 million in PIPE (Private investment in public equity) funding from investors including funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Bessemer Venture Partner, Franklin Templeton, and In-Q-Tel. Other strategic investors will include Keysight Technologies, Palantir Technologies and Ampere Computing. These funds should be sufficient to support Rigetti’s operating expenses and capital investment needs until they reach breakeven. Click here to view our full article that provides more information about this transaction.
October 5, 2021 – News Brief
Equal1 Receives Multimillion Euro Funding Round Bringing Total Funding to €10 million ($11.6M USD)
Equal1, a startup developing silicon based quantum processors based in Dublin, Ireland and Fremont, California, has received a multimillion Euro funding round from venture firm btov Industrial Technologies and previous investors Atlantic Bridge, 808 Ventures and Enterprise Ireland.. This brings the total amount of funding to the company to date of over €10 million ($11.6M USD). Dr. Christian Reitberger, partner at btov, has joined Equal1’s Board of Directors and Declan O’Mahoney has been appointed as Equal’s Non-Executive Chairman of its Board of Directors. Equal1 has been developing a quantum processor based upon spin qubit technology that operates at a relatively warm temperature of 3.7 Kelvin. The advantage of this approach is that it would eliminate the need for a large and costly dilution refrigerator and potentially allow providing the quantum computing in a desktop computer form factor. They have already create a demonstrator system called Alice and are working on a next generation system codenamed Aquarius that is expected to be completed within the next 24 months. More information about their technology is available in an article that we posted in May. Additional information about this funding can be found in a news release posted by Equal1 and available here.
October 5, 2021
D-Wave Announces Their Future Roadmap Including a New Gate Based Machine that is Under Development
At its Qubits 2021 conference today, D-Wave announced its product roadmap including several new items on both the hardware and the software fronts. These include an update to their current 5000 qubit Advantage quantum annealer, a future 7000 qubit quantum annealer they are calling Advantage 2, a future gate based, error corrected machine, and various software improvement including a new Constrained Hybrid Solver. Click here for more about this product roadmap announcement.
October 4, 2021 – News Brief
Archer Materials Receives A$15 Million ($10.9M USD) Funds in an Institutional Placement for New Shares
In addition to the new funding of A$15 million the company is seeking to raise an additional A$5 million ($3.6 million) from existing eligible shareholders who are residents of Australia or New Zealand. The funds will be used to continue development of Archer’s 12CQ quantum computing chip and lab-on-a-chip biochip technologies, infrastructure and facilities, protecting Archer’s intellectual property, establishing and strengthening commercial partnerships and general working capital. Additional information about this new share placement can be found in a news release posted on the Archer website here.
October 3, 2021
Quantum Product Placements in Europe; Qblox and Atos
A pair of product placement announcements have been recently announced. First Qblox announced that Chalmers University in Sweden has ordered their scalable and readout hardware for use with a new 20 qubit superconducting processor that Chalmers is developing. Also, Atos announced that it has delivered its Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) to the Galician Supercomputing Center (CESGA) in Spain. Click here for the full article.
October 1, 2021 – News Brief
Munich Quantum Valley Project to Receive 83.3 Million Euros ($96M USD) from the Bavarian State Government
We had reported in January about plans of the German state of Bavaria to create a Munich Quantum Valley program and have just announced this first release of funding from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art. These funds will extend through 2024 with additional funds release anticipated in the future. Participants in the program include the Bavarian Academy of Sciences BAdW), the Fraunhofer Society, the Max Planck Society, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. Goals of the project include developing an ecosystem for quantum technologies in the Munich region, set up a quantum technology park, set up a center for quantum computing and quantum technologies, and promote scientific qualification and training of a new generation of engineers and scientists. More information about this funding can be found in a news release (in German) provided by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art that can be found here and also the website for the Munich Quantum Valley located here.
September 29, 2021 – News Brief
QC Ware Closes a $25 Million Series B Round to Fund Expansion
The round was led by corporate investors Koch Disruptive Technologies and Covestro who along with Samsung Ventures and Citi all represent strategic corporate investors. D.E. Shaw and Pegasus Tech Ventures also participated in the round. This new round brings the total investment that has been made in QC Ware to almost $40 million. The new funds will be used to expand the QC Ware team and support the accelerated development of Forge™, QC Ware’s software development platform. Navin Maharaj from Koch Disruptive Technologies and Sandeep Arora from Citi Sandeep will join QC Ware’s board of directors. QC Ware has been able to secure a growing number of customers including Aisin Group, Airbus, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), BMW Group, Equinor, Goldman Sachs, Total and potentially additional ones that have not yet been publicly announced. The company’s differentiator is their ability to create fine-tuned highly efficient algorithms for practical industry problems that require fewer hardware resource and allow implementation on smaller and nearer term generations of hardware. For more about this new funding, you can view an announcement provided by QC Ware that can be viewed here.
September 29, 2021 – News Brief
Cambridge Quantum Makes Their TKET SDK Fully Open Sourced
We reported in February that Cambridge Quantum had removed all license restrictions for the TKET Software Development Kit (SDK) so that the software was free for anyone to use. But removing licensing restrictions is not quite the same as open source because a user could find it difficult to examine the code, report issues, make their own contributions or develop extensions to the codebase. Now, with version 0.15, Cambridge Quantum has made TKET fully open sourced so users will now be able to accomplish these previous difficult or impossible tasks. TKET offers support for a large number of quantum processors while offering high-level hardware-agnostic optimization for quantum circuits with target specific compilation passes for the chosen quantum device. The company has indicated that over 100,000 people have already downloaded the TKET software development kit. More about this open-sourced announcement for TKET can be found in a news release available on the Cambridge Quantum website here.
September 29, 2021 – News Brief
France Has Added 150 Million Euros ($174M USD) to Its Quantum Research Program
Thenew program is called the Priority Research Programme and Equipment (PEPR). The research will focus on four topics including robust solid state qubits solid state, cold atoms, quantum algorithms error correction and PQC, and fundamental non-conventional quantum based approaches to computing and cryptography. The research will be driven by French organizations CNRS – Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CEA and Inria, The funding will add to a previously announced research program of €300 million to bring total funding to €450 million ($522M USD). Additional information can be found in a LinkedIn posting from Neil Abroug, head of the French National Quantum Strategy, that you can read here as well as the web page for the French National Quantum Technology Strategy located here.
September 29, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ Will Start Publicly Trading on the NYSE on October 1
The shareholders of dMY Technology Group III (the “Company” or “dMY III”) have approved the business combination with IonQ with the transaction formally closing on September 30, 2021. The merged company will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 1, 2021 under the ticker symbols under the symbols “IONQ” for the common stock and “IONQ.WS” for the warrants. As part of the deal IonQ will have $634 million in cash that will provide them with substantial funding for R&D and capital investments. For additional information about this transaction, you can view our earlier articles when the merger was first announced as well as a summary of the IonQ’s recent release on their financial results for the first half of 2021. The company’s have also issued a press release announcing that the stockholders have approved the business combination which you can find here.
September 28, 2021
QED-C Releases Assessment of Quantum Industry Hiring Needs
It is generally considered that the quantum industry will need to hire thousands of qualified scientists, engineers, technicians and other employees and the topic of workforce development has been identified as one of the key challenges that will need to be faced in order to support the projected growth. In order to provide students, university educators and administrators, policy makers, funding agencies, and quantum companies with an idea of what types of roles, skills, and educational background would be need to develop a workforce for the quantum industry, the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) undertook a survey of its members to ask these questions. The group has just published a report that shows the results of this survey with some interesting conclusions. Click here for more.
September 27, 2021 – News Brief
Dell Takes First Leap Into Quantum Utilizing an IBM Qiskit Runtime Emulator Platform
Dell Technologies has utilized IBM’s open-sourced Qiskit platform to develop a containerized hybrid emulation platform that leverages Dell’s EMC PowerEdge R740xd to execute classical-quantum code on both local and on-premise environments. The base software uses the Qiskit AER as the simulation engine, but since the code is open source other backends can be integrated with this software. Clearly, this is just an initial first step for Dell and its customers as they explore further utilization of quantum technology. We do expect additional quantum offerings in the coming years as Dell gains more experience with the technology. For additional information about this new software, you can view a blog post from John Roese, Global Chief Technology Officer for Dell Technologies, located here and the GitHub repository for the software code available here.
September 25, 2021
UK Consortium Releases Specification for a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for Quantum Computers
One of the things that helped accelerate the usage of classical computers was the standardization of the classical computer languages Fortran (1966) and Cobol (1968). This allowed a programmer to develop a program and then run it on different machines with minimal changes. We are starting to see similar things happen in the quantum world. The latest is the release from a UK consortium led by Riverlane and the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) of a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) that is designed to be portable across four leading qubit technologies including superconducting qubits, trapped-ion qubit, photonic systems and silicon-based qubits. Click here for the full article.
September 25, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ to Partner with GE Research to Study Quantum Computing Use in Risk Management
Risk is a concept that pervades today’s world in such areas as financial markets, supply chains, daily business operations, climate, and even geopolitics. Often these systems can be characterized using a large number of interacting mathematical parameters that can form extraordinarily complex relationships. By understanding the relationships between these parameters one can be able to understand the level of risks and potentially take various actions to minimize it. This is where quantum computing comes in. By using a mathematical technique called copula one can describe and model the dependence between random variables. This is an area where a quantum based approach can potentially significantly outperform classical computing and the two companies will explore how it can be implemented on IonQ’s ion trap quantum computers. A news release issued by the companies that provides additional information about this research effort can be found here.
September 25, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News at Quantum Computing Inc., Quantum Brilliance, Rigetti, and QED-C
Quantum Computing Inc. has named William J. McGann to serve on its Board of Directors. McGann has been the Chief Technology Office since 2019 at Leidos Inc., a defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Quantum Brilliance, a company developing synthetic diamond based quantum accelerators, that operate at room temperature has appointed Mark Mattingley-Scott as Managing Director of Europe. Mattingley-Scott was a 31 year veteran of IBM and most recently served as IBM Quantum Ambassador for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific teams. Rigetti Computing has announced that Dr. David Pappas has joined them as Senior Principal Scientist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he most recently led the Quantum Processing Group. Earlier this year, Rigetti had added Dr. Josh Mutus to its hardware development team as Director, Quantum Materials. Mutus was a former quantum research scientist at Google. And Dr. Jonathan Felbinger has joined the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) as Deputy Director. He previously had been with the US Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Department of Defense, and two leading microelectronics research laboratories in Europe.
September 24, 2021 – News Brief
NSF Awards QuSteam Team $5 Million to Develop Quantum Education Programs
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a consortium $5 million over a 2 years period to fund an initiative called QuSTEAM: Convergence Undergraduate Education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. QuSteam will be led by Ohio State University and include key partners at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The initiative will also have industrial and national laboratory collaborators including GE Research, Honda and several JPMorgan Chase, Quantum Opus, Quantum Design Inc., Toptica, qBraid and Argonne National Laboratory. In total, the initiative will be comprised of 66 faculty members who will be part of the QuSteam team. The program will start by gathering information that will help identify critical scientific and engineering practices that will be needed in a quantum-ready workforce. It will then develop single concept modules that can provide for an array of educational paths including bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, certificates and minors. Additional information about this award can be found in a news release issued by Ohio State University which can be seen here and another news release issued by the Chicago Quantum Exchange available here.
September 23, 2021 – News Brief
Infosys Will Collaborate with Amazon and Use the Braket Quantum Cloud Service
Infosys Limited is a large Indian multinational information technology company that provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services. In their fiscal 2021 year, they had revenues of over $14 billion with over 250,000 employees. Their client base exceeds 1600 organizations with a worldwide presence in presence in India, United States, China, Australia, Japan, Middle East and Europe. They will be using Amazon Braket to explore and build use cases for quantum computing in segments including logistics, finance, energy, and telecom sectors. Some specific use cases they mentioned include vehicle route optimization and fraud detection. Infosys intends to provide their quantum offerings as part of Infosys Cobalt cloud offerings. For more about this new tie-up between Infosys and Amazon Braket, you can view the news release provided by Infosys available here.
September 22, 2021
IonQ Releases Financial Results for First Six Months of 2021
In one of the very first releases of financial results in the quantum industry, IonQ has released their results for the three month period ending in June and for the first half of 2021. While these types of releases are very common in the classical computing industry, they have been very rare in the quantum industry because almost all the quantum efforts are either privately held companies or a small division in a larger corporation that doesn’t break out the specific quantum results. IonQ is doing this now because they are slated to become a public corporation in the next few weeks due to their upcoming merger with dMY Technology Group Inc. III (NYSE: DMYI). Click here for the full article.
September 21, 2021 – News Brief
UK Breaks Ground on a £93 million ($127M USD) National Quantum Computing Centre
The new facility will be a three story, 4035 square meter (43K square feet) building specifically designed to support quantum research in the UK. and is scheduled for completion in 2023. It will have special construction used to shield the ground floor from extraneous magnetic and vibration interferences which can cause issues with the fragile qubits. The facility will have enough space to hold over 120 residents and researchers from academia, industry, government, quantum partner organizations and quantum start-ups and will be located in Oxfordshire at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. The NQCC is part of UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) which will provide funding of £1 billion ($1.36 billion USD) for quantum technologies over a ten year period from 2014 to 2024. For more, you can view a news release issued by NQCC about the groundbreaking on their web page here. Additional details about the facility itself can be found on a web page devoted to the facility available here.
September 20, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ Accepting Applications for Second Cohort of their Research Credit Program
Last May we wrote about a new Research Credit Program at IonQ that would provide up to $10,000 in computer time credits for approved projects at accredited academic institutions. Apparently, IonQ was so pleased with the result, that they have just announced they are now accepting applications for a second cohort for this program. The credits can be used to access the IonQ quantum computer directly at IonQ or through one of their cloud partners (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform). The credits can be used for such things as proof(s) of concepts, algorithms and applications research, evaluation or comparison between hardware platforms, workshops, or teaching, developing or maintaining open source software or other interesting applications such as games, art or other things. The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 16, 2021. Additional information is available in a news release located on the IonQ website here, a Call for Proposals page here, an FAQ document available here, and the application form here.
September 18, 2021 – News Brief
Wits University Receives 8 Million Rand ($543K USD) in Seed Funding for a Quantum Initiative
Wits University, also known as University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has received this initial grant from South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to start the implementation of Phase 1 of the South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI). Additional phases are expected to follow in the future. The SA QuTI is a consortium of five universities in South Africa including Wits University, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and University of Zululand to support quantum technology development initiatives and provide student and researchers access to IBM’s Q Network of quantum machines. Wits University is IBM’s first African partner for the IBM Q Network. For more about this grant, you can view a news release available here on the Wits University website.
September 18, 2021 – News Brief
QDevil Introduces a Very Fast, Ultra Stable Voltage Source for Control of Quantum Devices
QDevil’s new product, called QDAC-II, is a 24 channel DAC (Digital to Analog Converters) that operates with ultra-low noise at a sample rate of 1 million samples per second, a thousand times faster than its predecessor. A key benefit of this device is that it enables much faster tuning of the qubits than previously possible. It can be used to provide DC and intermediate frequency control of quantum devices including gate electrodes, flux bias coils and other purposes. Each channel is also equipped with a DC current sensor with a resolution down to a few tens of picoamps with sampling rates up to 3 kHz. for uses such as gate leakage detection. Additional information about this product is available in a news release from QDevil here, a web page for the product here and a short video here.
September 16, 2021 – News Brief
Chinese Research Group Makes Further Improvements in their Quantum Supremacy Experiment; Now at 60 Qubits with 24 Levels
We reported in June that a Chinese quantum research group had developed a superconducting based quantum computer named Zuchongzhi 2.0 and had replicated and surpassed Google’s Quantum Supremacy experiment with a circuit that used 56 qubits to calculate random circuits to a depth of 20 levels. This surpassed Google’s initial result which used a 53 qubit circuit to a depth of 20 levels. The total number of raw qubits in the Zuchongzhi system is 66, but did not use all of them in their initial experiement. After additional improvements the group has created a Zuchongzhi 2.1 machine and reran the experiment to demonstrate successful operation with 60 qubits to a depth of 24. The group claims that this larger sampling tasks is three orders of magnitude more difficult than what they previous achieved on the Zuchongzhi 2.0 and six orders of magnitude more difficult that Google’s original demonstration with their Sycamore processor. It appears that the main improvement in Zuchongzhi 2.1 is in the readout circuitry with the average readout fidelity going from 95.48% to 97.74%. A paper has been posted on arXiv with more details about this experiment and is available here.
September 15, 2021 – News Brief
IBM, AWS, Microsoft, and the University of Innsbruck Set Up a Technical Steering Committee for the OpenQASM Language
Over the past year we have reported (here and here) about IBM’s development of an enhanced quantum assembly language called OpenQASM3. Versions of OpenQASM has been used with IBM’s Qiskit from the very beginning and the new version was created for several reasons including to support the dynamic circuit feature that IBM is introducing in its latest quantum processors. In order to encourage adoption of future versions of OpenQASM, IBM is now working with representatives from AWS, Microsoft, and the University of Innsbruck and will form a Technical Steering Committee to guide the evolution of the language. Mechanisms will be created for other people to issue pull requests and join working groups to propose changes to the language to provide greater functionality and a wider of the language. More information about this new steering committee can be found in a blog post available on Medium and located here. A technical paper that describes OpenQASM3 and how it has evolved from earlier versions of OpenQASM is available on arXiv and available here.
September 14, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ and Accenture Agree to Collaborate on Quantum Computing
The companies have agreed to collaborate to help accelerate the usage of quantum computing to the business community globally. Accenture is a professional services company with over 569,000 employees and clients in over 120 countries. They provide services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations services. In particular, they may be able to help clients wishing to get involved with quantum technology by helping them formulate strategies, identify appropriate problems, develop solutions, and deploy the solutions within the client’s company. And with their large base of existing clients, they should be able to leverage these contacts and bring additional new business for IonQ’s ion trapped based quantum computers. More information on this collaboration is available in a news release issued by the companies and available here.
September 11, 2021 – News Brief
Amazon Introduces Verbatim Compilation for Quantum Circuits
When a user submits a quantum program to run on a quantum computer, the software will typically run it through an optimizing compiler that will convert the program to an execution that will achieve the same results but in a more efficient manner. The optimizing compiler may reduce the number of circuit levels, reorder the operations, reallocate which qubits are used or change the specific gates used. Normally, this is a good thing but it can result in more accurate results from the program with fewer errors. But for users who are trying to benchmark a quantum processor or develop error mitigation protocols this optimization process can get in the way. In order to help users who are trying to do this, Amazon has introduces a “Verbatim Compilation” capability in their Braket software that will turn off some of the optimization functions and provide users with direct control over what is executed on the hardware. This feature is currently available for use with the Rigetti superconducting quantum processor available on the Braket service. Additional information about this new capability can be found in a blog post on the Amazon website here.
September 10, 2021 – News Brief
Arqit Starts Trading on the NASDAQ
Arqit, a UK-based quantum encryption company, has started trading on the NASDAQ this week as part of their business combination with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Centricus Acquisition Corporation which closed on September 3, 2021. The company now has outstanding shares of 140.3 million with a market cap currently exceeding $2 billion. Although the company has had minimal revenue to date, it recently released its QuantumCloud Release 1.0 and is now shipping it to twenty enterprise and governmental customers for integration and testing which will provide revenues starting in December 2021. The company indicates they already have signed contracts totaling $130 million which will provide revenue in the coming years. The company’s technology involves the secure distribution of symmetric encryption keys without using the public key infrastructure (PKI) in use today that will become vulnerable when large quantum computers are available. Their current product uses terrestrial distribution, but they plan on extending that to use satellites starting in 2023. For more about Arqit, you can view previous articles we have written about the company here, here, and here. And for more about the merger between Arqit and Centricus, you can read the press release announcing the closing of the transaction here.
September 9, 2021 – News Brief
University of Maryland and IonQ Partner to Create a National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab) with $20 Million in Funding
The Q-Lab will be located in College Park, Maryland next to IonQ’s headquarters and will be funded with $20 million from the university. It will be user facility that will provide researchers with access to IonQ’s quantum hardware. The University of Maryland’s students, faculty, staff and partners will be able to gain experience and training in quantum technology and also have the opportunity to collaborate with IonQ’s scientists and engineers. For more about this new lab, you can read a news release posted on the University of Maryland’s web site here.
September 9, 2021 – News Brief
IonQ Forecasts 2021 Contract Bookings to be $15 Million
IonQ stated that this amount triples their initial target for 2021 bookings which was originally $5 million. These bookings are expected are for deliverables that would be provided over the next 36 months. It certainly an optimistic sign that the bookings levels are increasing but IonQ still has a long way to go in order to hit its financial forecast. In an investor presentation made by the IonQ and dMY management in February 2021, they forecasted billings revenue to be about $5 million in 2021, $15 million in 2022 and $34 million in 2023. So not only will they need more bookings to continue, but also they need to make sure that the $15 million bookings turns into revenue. The merger between IonQ and dMY is expected to be completed very soon. In the meantime, IonQ has busy announcing several significant developments this year including a new reconfigurable multicore architecture, support from the Project Q, Qiskit, Pennylane, and Cirq software development platforms, availability on the Google cloud, a free research credit program for academic institutions, and an investment and partnership with Softbank. For more about this latest bookings announcement, you can see a news release provided by IonQ available here.
September 6, 2021
Quantum Machines Raises $50 Million in Series B Funding
This is the largest funding that has occurred so far for non-full stack companies (i.e. companies that don’t build a full quantum computer) in the quantum space. Along with previous seed and Series A rounds this brings total funding for Quantum Machines to about $73 million. This round was led by Red Dot Capital Partners with the participation of Exor, Claridge Israel, Samsung NEXT, Valor Equity Partners, Atreides Management LP, and joined by TLV Partners, Battery Ventures, Altshuler Shaham as well as other existing investors. Yaniv Stern, Managing Partner at Red Dot Capital Partners, will join Quantum Machines’ board of directors. Click here for the full article.
September 4, 2021 – News Brief
E.On is Working with IBM to Find Quantum Solutions for Energy Grid Optimization
As we’ve seen recently with hurricane Ida in Louisiana, it is becoming increasingly important to optimize the performance and reliability of our energy grids. And with the increasing use of solar panels and electric cars, the energy grid is becoming more decentralized making it more of a challenge to find the best strategy to control the flow of energy in the grids. For example, energy can flow from the grid to an electric car for charging batteries, but when the car is not in use, it is also possible to flow energy from the car’s battery back to the grid to help out in periods of high electrical demand. Figuring out the best way to control all this is a computationally complex problem which is getting beyond the capabilities of traditional classical computing solutions, but can be very suitable for optimization using quantum computing. E.On is one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers serving over 33 million customers in 30 different countries and employing over 78,000 people. They will be working with IBM’s Quantum Technical Services team and utilize the IBM quantum cloud, Qiskit, and other resources to study this problem and work to develop quantum enabled solutions for this important problem. For more about this work, you can view a press release provided by E.On and located on their website here.
September 4, 2021
New Software Releases: TensorFlow Quantum v2, Quantify-Core 0.5, and Cirq 1.0 Roadmap
A few new software announcements have been made recently. A new version of TensorFlow Quantum has been released for use in quantum machine learning applications, a new version of Quantum-Core has been released for controlling data acquisition and measurement in quantum computing and various physics experiments, and Google has published a roadmap that describes what features they are working on for release 1.0 of their Cirq quantum development platform. Click here for the full article.
September 3, 2021
Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution (Q-STAR) Formed in Japan
We reported in June that several companies in Japan were in the process of establishing a new council to encourage the development of quantum technology in Japan and strengthen international competitiveness. They have now formally established a council with the name Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution (Q-STAR). The current membership consists of 24 companies with an inaugural steering committee consisting of executives from Toshiba, Toyota, NEC, NTT, Hitachi, Fujitsu, and Mitsubishi Chemical. The group held their first general meeting on September 1, 2021. Click here for additional details and the full article.
September 3, 2021
NSF Announces Two Additional Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes with Funding of $25 Million for Each
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is adding two additional Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes to join the three institutes previously announced last year. The first is the Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation led by the University of Maryland with collaborators from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) Morgan State University and North Carolina Central University. This institute will develop theoretical concepts, design innovative hardware, and provide education and training for a suite of novel simulation devices that can predict and understand quantum phenomena. The second institute is the Quantum Leap Challenge Institute in Biophysics and Bioengineering led by the University of Chicago and will partner with researchers from Chicago State University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Harvard University. This institute will have a dual mission. The first will be to identify novel biological quantum sensing systems and develop next-generation tools for observation and discovery. The second will be to partner with Chicago Public Schools to establish a Quantum Academy (for K-12) and Quantum Institute (post-secondary workforce training) programs that provide students the opportunities to learn the foundations of quantum science from the institute’s lead researchers. For additional information about this NSF announcement, click here to read the full article.
September 3, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Management Changes at ColdQuanta and D-Wave
ColdQuanta has announced Scott Faris as the new CEO and will also be restructuring the company into three division. Faris takes over from Dan Caruso who served as Executive Chairman and Interim CEO. Previously, Faris was the Chief Business Office at Luminar Technologies, Inc. In addition, ColdQuanta announced it is restructuring the company into three division with Paul Lipman leading the Quantum Computing division, Max Perez leading the Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) division, and Sandi Mays serving as acting general manager of the ColdAtom Technologies division. D-Wave has named John Markovich as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining D-Wave, Markovich was the CFO of Xant, Inc., and previously held CFO positions at OmniGuide Holdings, Veritone, NanoH2O, EMCORE Corporation, Optical Coating Laboratories., and Tickets.com. Additional information about these new management appointments can be found in press releases published by ColdQuanta here and by D-Wave here.
September 2, 2021
sureCore is Developing Cryo-CMOS IP for Quantum Control Chips
sureCore is a company in Sheffield, UK that specializes in providing very low power CMOS IP and design services for SoC developers requiring these capabilities. They have decided to enter the quantum computing market by developing low power cryo-CMOS IP that runs at a temperature of 4 degrees Kelvin (-269C) for use inside a dilution refrigerator. They will work with foundry partners to characterize the transistors and industry partners to develop control chips that operate at this low temperature. Click here for the full story.
August 31, 2021 – News Brief
France and The Netherlands are Joining Forces for Development of Quantum Technology
As part of an overall declaration between the governments of France and The Netherlands to deepen and strengthen their bilateral relationship in a number of areas, the two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen bilateral cooperation in quantum technologies. Both countries already have significant efforts ongoing in quantum research, but by joining forces they can make the efforts have an even large impact. The governments had previously budgeted €1.8 billion in France and €615 million in the Netherlands for quantum research. The partnership will also make their European efforts more competitive against the large investments in quantum development being made in both China and the U.S. The agreement was signed in Paris by Cédric O, the French Secretary of State for Digital and Electronic Communications and Mona Keijzer, the Dutch Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. In addition, In addition four commercial organizations working on quantum technology were present at the signing ceremony including Dutch semiconductor equipment manufacturer ASML, Dutch quantum start-up Qu & Co, French venture capital company Quantonation and the French IT company Atos. Additional information about the collaborations between the two countries can be found in a press release that you can view here and a news article (in Dutch) printed in the Dutch newspaper Fd that you can see here.
August 30, 2021
U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Releases FAQ Document Discouraging the Use of QKD
The NSA has released an FAQ document that answers questions related to quantum computing and post-quantum cryptography. In particular it contains advice for users of National Security Systems (NSS) that communicate classified or otherwise sensitive military or intelligence information which use public key cryptography as a critical component to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of national security information. The FAQ document contains their recommendations for the Commercial National Security Algorithm Suite (CNSA) for which algorithms these users should use in different applications. They indicated that the CNSA suite will be updated to include appropriate Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) algorithms after NIST completes their selections in Round 3 of the PQC effort. The document also covers Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology and includes a recommendation that NSS owners should not be using or researching QKD technology without direct consultation with the NSA. Click here for more.
August 25, 2021 – News Brief
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $61 Million for Quantum Research
The awards were made pursuant to three funding opportunity announcements released earlier this year. These include Quantum Information Science and Research Infrastructure, Entanglement Management and Control in Transparent Optical Quantum Networks and Quantum Internet to Accelerate Scientific Discovery. Awards totaling $30 million were made to five DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRC) to enable new discoveries and development of nanotechnologies and advance QIS, chemistry, materials, and clean energy. Awards of $6 million were made to create new devices which could form the building blocks of a quantum internet. And another $25 million in awards were made to support the research, design, development, and demonstration of regional-scale quantum network testbeds. Additional information about these awards can be viewed in a news release from the Department of Energy available here.
August 25, 2021
IonQ Reveals a New Reconfigurable Multicore Quantum Architecture (RMQA)
The Reconfigurable Multicore Quantum Architecture (RMQA) will allow IonQ to expand the number of qubits to hundreds per chip without any degradation in the qubit stability and performance as the number of qubits expands. The first demonstration of this consists of a configuration that IonQ calls 4×16 which consists of four chains of qubits with each chain containing 16 ions. The chains are built using an Evaporated Glass Trap (EGT) platform. The chains can be dynamically moved around and neighboring chains combined to create reconfigurable 32 ion chains. Click here for more.
August 25, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Brilliance Receives $9.7 Million USD in Seed Funding
The funding round was led by Main Sequence Ventures and a consortium of former QxBranch founders. (QxBranch was sold to Rigetti Computing in 2019). Additional funding participation came from from CP Ventures, Investible, Jelix Ventures, MA Financial (formerly Moelis Australia) Growth Ventures Fund, R3I Ventures, and Ultratech Capital Partners. Quantum Brilliance is developing a quantum computing platform based on atomic-scale defects in diamond (nitrogen-vacancy centers) that will run at room temperature. Their goal is to provide a quantum accelerator with about 50 qubits in a device the size of a lunchbox by 2025. Quantum Brilliance is a spinout of the diamond quantum program at Australian National University and are located in Canberra, Australia. Earlier this year, they announced collaborations with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and also Quantum South to test out their technology. More information is available in a news release provided by Quantum Brilliance available here.
August 17, 2021 – News Brief
Xanadu Partners with Imec for Fabrication of Xanadu’s Photonic Quantum Chips
Xanadu, a full-stack quantum startup developing photonics-based quantum hardware, will use imec to build their chips. Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre), located in Leuven, Belgium, is a non-profit research and development organization active in nanoelectronics and digital technologies with significant semiconductor processing capabilities. The processing will occur on one of imec’s 200mm or 300mm fabrication lines and will use an ultra-low loss silicon nitride (SiN) waveguide technology to generate squeezed states for synthesizing qubits. Xanadu is the second photonics based quantum company announcing a partnerships with a semiconductor foundry to build its chips. Earlier this year, PsiQuantum announced it will be using GlobalFoundries to manufacture its chips. Like PsiQuantum, Xanadu believes their technology will have the potential to scale to 1 million qubits through the use of optical networking. Photonics technology also has the capability to run at room temperatures and not require expensive dilution refrigerators like those required with superconducting based systems. Additional information can be found in a press release provided by Xanadu which can be found here.
August 17, 2021 – News Brief
University of California Riverside Receives a $2 Million Research Grant from the National Science Foundation
UC Riverside will research combining organic molecules with silicon quantum dots to create qubits that can operate at room temperature. They will partner with researchers from the University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently quantum dot technology needs to run at low temperatures using cryogenic cooling so developing something that can run at room temperatures would be a big advantage. Additional information about this project can be seen in a news release from UC Riverside located here.
August 17, 2021 – News Brief
Who’s News – Additions at Quantum Machines, Q-CTRL and Rigetti
Quantum Machines has named Per Nyberg as Vice President of Strategic Markets and Alliances, Avi Gabay as Vice President of Finance and Dotan Sokolov as Vice President of R&D. Q-CTRL has formed a Technical Advisory Board consisting of Pieter Abbeel, Professor at UC Berkeley, Jason Cong, Professor at UCLA, Richard Murray, Professor at Caltech, Daniela Rus, Professor at MIT, and Birgitta Whaley, Professor at UC Berkeley. Rigetti Computing has named Brian Sereda as Chief Financial Officer and Jackie Kaweck as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. You can view the announcements from Quantum Machines here, from Q-CTRL here, and from Rigetti Computing here.
August 16, 2021 – News Brief
Super.Tech Announces SuperstaQ, a Hardware Agnostic Software Platform
The SuperstaQ platform is what we would call a translator and optimizer. It takes as input quantum programs written in either the Cirq or Qiskit or OpenApi formats and outputs optimized code targeted for quantum backends from IBM, IonQ, Rigetti, or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Quantum Testbed. As part of this process, SuperstaQ implements a large array of full-stack optimization techniques including dynamical decoupling, excited state promotion, zero noise extrapolation and others to be used with the targeted backend’s pulse-level native gates. The goal would be to arrive at an optimized program that has a minimized gate depth and best possible gate fidelity to achieve the best results for the given program. Super.Tech already has beta users working with the program including the EPiQC collaboration led by the University of Chicago, Berkeley’s Advanced Quantum Testbed and the Morningstar financial services firm. Additional information about SuperstaQ can be found in a news announcement here and also the web page for the product here.
August 16, 2021 – News Brief
Cirq v0.12.0 Released with Support for Rigetti Quantum Computers
The latest release of Cirq now supports the Rigetti Quantum Virtual Machine (QVM) and the Rigetti Quantum Computing Service. This support joins support for other supported quantum backends from AQT, Pasqal, and IonQ as well as Google’s own quantum computers. Other enhancements include two-qubit unitary decomposition for (inverse) sqrt-iSWAP, Typescript development and 3D Circuits along with other minor enhancements. Additional details are available in the release notes available on the Cirq GitHub site here.
August 12, 2021 – News Brief
Riverlane Awarded Contract from UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre
The contract given to Riverlane will be for benchmarking software to compare the performance of different quantum computers. This can provide insights into the characteristics of different hardware architectures, latency, and other factors. This contract is the first quantum software award made by National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). Riverlane is a quantum software startup located in Cambridge, UK and among other projects is leading a consortium to build Deltaflow.OS; a new operating system for quantum computers. NQCC’s mission vision is to lead the development, application and commercialization of quantum computing and accelerate the growth of UK business and the quantum supply chain. Among its projects, it has a goal of constructing a 100+ qubit quantum computer by 2025. For more about this contract, you can view a news release posted on the Riverlane website here.
August 10, 2021- News Brief
Quix Sells a 12 Mode Quantum Photonic Processor to Paderborn University
Netherlands-based Quix has made its third announcement this year of a sale of its 12 mode quantum photonic processor. This latest sale has gone to the Institute for Photonic Quantum Systems (PhoQS) at Paderborn University in Germany which specializes in researching photonic quantum technologies. Previously, Quix had announced sales of this processor to UK-based Qontrol and French company Quandela. You can read the full announcement of this sale in a news release from Quix available on their website here.
August 10, 2021 – News Brief
HQS Announces Support for AQT’s Quantum Computers with their Open Source Quantum Computing Library
HQS Quantum Simulations has created a backend for their qoqo quantum circuit representation library that connects the software to a ion trap quantum computer simulator from AQT. This is a stepping stone for a future implementation that will allow qoqo to be used with AQT’s ion trap quantum computer. HQS specializes in providing quantum simulation software for use in material discovery for customers in the chemical industry and academia. HQS’s qoqo platform joins several other software platforms that also support the AQT architecture including Google’s Cirq, IBM’s Qiskit, Xanadu’s Pennylane, CQC’s Pytket, ProjectQ, and Quest. Additional details are available in a news release from HQS and AQT located here.
August 10, 2021 – News Brief
POLARISqb Announces Seed Investment of $2.1 Million
POLARISqb, a Durham, North Carolina company developing a drug discovery platform using a quantum computer has raised a seed round of $2.1 million from investors OurCrowd and Infinity Medical. The POLARISqb software is designed to quickly screen through a billions of potential drug molecules to identify lead candidates for clinical trials and significantly improve drug discovery times. They indicate that their technology which combines cloud, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies can operate up to 10,000 times faster than alternative solutions. Additional details about this investment are available in a news release from POLARISqb available here.
August 9, 2021 – News Brief
Qu & Co Completes a New Round of Funding
The investment round was led by Quantonation with additional participation from Runa Capital and SPInvest. The amount of the investment has not yet been made public. Qu & Co is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and provides quantum software for chemistry and materials simulation, multi-physics simulation and computational finance. Their lead product, introduced in March is called QUBEC and is integrated with Schrödinger’s Maestro chemical modelling interface. The company earlier this year announced collaborations to use its quantum software with both Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and also LG Electronics for applications in drug discovery and multi-physics simulations, respectively. Additional information about this investment is available here on the Qu & Co website.
August 7, 2021 – News Brief
Ernst & Young Signs On as a Founding Member of University of Maryland’s Quantum Startup Foundry
We reported in April about the University of Maryland’s (UMD) establishment of a Quantum Startup Foundry to help incubate quantum technology startups. This week they announced that professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) has joined as the first founding partner. As part of their activities, EY will support programs that connect the virtual and physical resources needed to support quantum entrepreneurs and startups as well as provide insight, mentorship, customer and investor introductions and other services to companies associated with the Quantum Startup Foundry. Additional information about this is available in a news release published by the University of Maryland and located here.
August 6, 2021
Quantum Computing Inc. Announces QUBT University to Teach Qualified Students about Quantum Optimization
The program will leverage Quantum Computing Inc’s (QCI) Qatalyst software that lets users construct and solve optimization problems on both classical and quantum computers. It will consist of tutorial video lectures, three increasingly challenging sample problems that students will be challenged to solve, and on-going webinar meetings to encourage students to continue to sharpen their skills. For the three sample problems, the students will solve the first two using quantum-inspired classical computing based simulation and the third one will require submitting a problem to a quantum computer to compute the solution. For more details about this program, click here for our full article.
August 5, 2021 – News Brief
QuSecure Receives a $1.9 Million Seed Round
QuSecure, a San Mateo, California company developing what they call Post Quantum Network Orchestration technology has closed on a $1.9 million seed round. Their technology uses Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) algorithms but also can orchestrate the communications over existing network infrastructure and includes self-authentication and quantum key striping features. The company has recently joined the Techstars Space Accelerator Class of 2021 and was recently named as one of 28 high-momentum cybersecurity startups on the CB Insights Cyber Defenders 2021 list. QuSecure has a number of Proof-of-Concept (PoC) demonstrations in process including subprime status on a Navy Seaport Project.
August 5, 2021
Multiverse Computing Releases their Singularity SDK to Enable Inputting QC Problems from an Excel Spreadsheet
A few months ago we published an article titled Quantum Software for Those Who Don’t Want to Learn Quantum. We now have to add Multiverse Computing to the list of companies pursuing this approach. Multiverse has introduced their Singularity program that allow one to create a problem though an intuitive Excel front end and then submit it for solution to a quantum computer. The resulting program will take advantage of the powerful quantum optimization algorithms that Multiverse has been developing for several years. It will allow an end user to take advantage of quantum computing without any prior knowledge of quantum mechanics or quantum computing programming. Click here for the full article.
August 2, 2021 – News Brief
National University of Singapore to Collaborate with AWS
The National University of Singapore (NUS) will collaborate with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to research quantum communication and quantum computing technologies and also to explore potential industry applications of quantum capabilities. The collaboration will be led by Singapore’s Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) which is hosted at NUS. The collaboration will consist of AWS’ support for QEP’s quantum computing research and projects and will also include an AWS connection to Singapore’s National Quantum Safe Network for quantum communications. Additional details can be found in a news release located on the NUS website here
July 31, 2021 – News Brief
Multiverse Computing Joins the Strangeworks Quantum Syndicate
Multiverse Computing is a quantum software company with headquarters in headquartered in San Sebastian, Spain and offices in Toronto, Canada and Paris, France. They specialize in providing software and consulting services to financial institutions for problems include portfolio optimization, pricing of derivatives, financial crash forecasting, and tax fraud. They will partner with Strangeworks to gain access to exclusive quantum computing hardware and novel quantum architectures to conduct algorithms research and deliver new insights to its customers. Strangeworks’s goal is to humanize quantum computing, cut through the confusion of quantum computing and make it accessible to everyone. As part of this effort they have collected a large Strangeworks Quantum Syndicate of organizations that currently includes eleven hardware and cloud services partners, ten software and consulting services partners, and five education and resources partners. Additional information about Multiverse joining the Strangeworks Syndicate and be found in a news release available on the Strangeworks’ website here as well as the Multiverse website here.
July 30, 2021 – News Brief
Chicago Quantum Exchange Adds Ohio State University and the Weizmann Institute as Partners
Ohio State will be the Chicago Quantum Exchange’s first regional academic partner and the Weizmann Institute of Science will be its first international academic partner. Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, is the lead member institution in the multi-institutional quantum education initiative QuSTEAM, the university is dedicated to preparing a quantum-ready workforce. The Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel, performs research on trapped ion qubits, superconducting qubits, neutral atom simulators and photon-based computation. Its theoretical groups have expertise in topological quantum states of matter and topological quantum computation. A news release from the Chicago Quantum Exchange announcing these new partners is available here.
July 30, 2021
Who’s News – Additions at Zapata, Ionq, and Classiq
Zapata Computing has announced that Jeff Huber will be joining its Board of Directors. Jeff is the founding CEO of GRAIL, a breakthrough cancer screening company and was previously a Senior Vice President at Google. Ionq announced that Tom Jones has joined as Chief People Office, Jordan Shapiro as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Mark Solomon as Director of Sales and Kevin Caimi as Controller. These gentlemen have a variety of experience at companies including Blue Origin, Microsoft, Honeywell, RoundGlass, IBM, and Caliburn International. And Classiq Technologies has announced that Professor Tal Mor and Professor Robert Willie have joined its Technical Advisory Board. Professor Mor is a Professor of Computer Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a member of the Executive committee of the Technion’s Helen Diller Quantum Center. Professor Willie is at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, where he is the head of the Institute for Integrated Circuits.
July 29, 2021
Quantum Machines to Work with European Institutions to Develop Schrödinger Cat State Error Correction
Quantum Machines has announced that it is joining researchers at the University of Innsbruck, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Mines ParisTech, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation and Romanian National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies on a three year project called QuCoS (Quantum Computation with Schödinger cat states) funded by the QuantERA consortium. The significance of an error correction scheme based upon the Schrödinger cat state approach is that it potentially can be more efficient than other alternatives, such as the surface code. Click here for more.
July 27, 2021 – News Brief
IBM Installs a Quantum System One in Japan
The machine has been installed at IBM Research’s Shin-Kawasaki facility is located at NANOBIC, a joint research facility operated by industry, academia and government and hosted by Kawasaki City of Japan. The is the second IBM quantum computer installed outside the United States with the first being installed in Germany last April. It will be managed with the University of Tokyo as part of the Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium (QIIC) to facilitate collaboration on quantum computing between industry, academia, and government in Japan. Other members of the QIIC include DIC, Hitachi, JSR, Keio University, Mitsubishi Chemical, Mizuho, MUFG, Sony, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Toshiba, Toyota, and Yokogawa. Additional information about this new quantum computer installation is available in a news release from IBM which can be found here. IBM has also posted a nice video on YouTube that shows the arrival, assembly, and installation of the machine at IBM’s Kawasaki facility.
July 27, 2021
PsiQuantum Raises $450 Million in Series D Funding
The round was led by funds and accounts managed by Blackrock with participation from existing investors Baillie Gifford and M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) along with new investors Blackbird Ventures and Temasek. This brings the total amount of funding to date to $665 million with a reported company valuation of $3.15 billion. Click here for the full article.
July 26, 2021 – News Brief
Super.tech Labs Receives a $256,000 Award from the NSF for Research Into Quantum Compilation Methods
The award for Super.tech came from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and will cover a nine month period extending from August 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. The research will cover compilation methods for dense graph optimization problems, mixed binary problems where variables can be either binary or continuous, and constrained optimization applications like maximal independent set. Super.tech is a quantum software startup based in Chicago that came out of the EPiQC collaboration led by the University of Chicago. They were recently named to be one of the six startups to participate as part of the inaugural cohort for the Duality Quantum Accelerator which started in July. Additional information about this grant can be found in a press release that you can find here.
July 24, 2021 – News Brief
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $73 Million to 29 Projects for Quantum Information Science Research
The awards from the Department of Energy (DOE) will study the materials and chemical processes needed to develop the next generation of quantum smart devices and quantum computing technology. The projects will last up to 3 years and will perform fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels. Twenty-two of the awards were made to universities and seven were made to one of the DOE’s national laboratories. A news release announcing the awards can be found on the DOE website here and a list of the 29 awards can be found here.
July 24, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Algorithms Institute Receives $2.21 million CAD ($1.76M USD) from the Canadian Government to Get Started
The Quantum Algorithms Institute has been recently established on the Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada to bring industry, academia, and government together to accelerate the innovation and commercialization of quantum technologies. These funds were provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada to harness British Columbia’s growing global reputation as a leader in quantum computing. The institute will use the funds to create a state-of-the-art physical hub to facilitate engagement activities such as hosting collaborative events between local and international players from industry and academia, promote collaboration between existing quantum companies and potential new customers and help the institute train and grow a world-leading talent pool for this emerging industry. Additional information is available in news releases from Western Economic Diversification Canada and also Simon Fraser University which can be found here and here.
July 23, 2021
ImpaQT Project Receives €600 Thousand ($706K USD) in Funding to Create a Quantum Computer Kit
We reported last January on the formation of the ImpaQT consortium. This is a group of Dutch companies involved with quantum technology that were putting together a kit of components that work together to form a quantum computer. A few changes have occurred since our last report. QuantWare and Demcon have joined the consortium along with original members Qu&Co, OrangeQS, Qblox, and Delft Circuits. Also, the group has received € 600,000 in funding from MRDH (Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague) and Quantum Delta NL. For more about the new developments with the ImpaQT consortium, click here.
July 23, 2021
Honeywell Improves Their H1 QPU to Achieve a Quantum Volume of 1024; Google Improves Sycamore Too
The Honeywell Model H1 was introduced in September 2020 with a Quantum Volume measure of 128. In March, they improved the Quantum Volume to 512 and this month they have reached 1024. Google has also improved their Sycamore processor to significantly improve readout time, implement a Controlled-Z gate, provide a multi-level reset capability and implement mid-circuit measurement capabilities. It appears that all of these changes were implemented with improved qubit control firmware and algorithms and did not require any significant changes in the underlying hardware. Click here for more details.
July 22, 2021
Quantum Computing Inc. Partners with IPQ Analytics for Healthcare Data Analytics and Completes Listing on NASDAQ
IPQ Analytics is a company formed in 2012 to provide the healthcare industry with decision support solutions that can analyze complex networks of data to help organizations enhance their decision making, improve outcomes and achieve higher return on investments. Now, they are partnering with Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI) to utilize QCI’s QGraph and Qatalyst software to see if quantum and quantum-inspire tools offered by QCI can improve upon IPQ’s existing classical computing solutions. In other QCI news, we reported last January that QCI had applied for up listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The also announced that this has finally been completed and trading of their stock started on July 15th under the ticker symbol QUBT. For more details about these announcements you can view our full article that covers both of them here.
July 21, 2021
Aliro Quantum Receives Funding from the U.S. Air Force for Two Quantum Networking Projects
Aliro Quantum has received contracts for research on two projects through the U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX program. The first is for secure communications to create and simulate models of physical components of small-scale hybrid quantum networks that include photon-trapped-ion and photon-superconducting interfaces. The second involves the developing a design and implementing a control plane for the management of quantum protocols and quantum software that can manage clusters of interconnected quantum processing units (QPUs). Click here for more.
July 21, 2021
Atom Computing Gains a CEO, a $15 Million Series A Funding and Membership to the 100 Qubit Club
Atom Computing, a Berkeley, California quantum hardware startup founded in 2018 has been working in stealth mode for the past three years, but has just announced a trio of disclosures that will encourage people to get to know it a lot better. Rob Hays has joined the company as CEO, the company has completed a $15 million Series A funding, and it disclosed that it has developed a new quantum computer, codenamed Phoenix, based upon its optically trapped neutral atom technology. For full details, click here to read our full article.
July 20, 2021 – News Brief
Xanadu Wins DARPA Grant to Develop a “Circuit Cutting” Quantum Compiler
The problem with many quantum programs right now is that the programs require more qubits than are available in the current hardware. To help improve upon the situation, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Xanadu with a grant to develop a compiler that can cut up the program and run it in pieces on smaller quantum hardware or classical simulators that are limited in the number of qubits they can simulate. The compiler will attempt to automatically break down a circuit into a multi-circuit hybrid model and leverage both classical and quantum computing resources for execution. There are challenges in developing such a compiler including determining ways to stitch back together the individual piece-wise simulations as well as ensuring there is a minimum loss of solution accuracy with this approach. The research for this development will be funded over a 24 month period by the grant. Additional details are available in a news release from Xanadu which can be found here.
July 17, 2021 – News Brief
European Commission’s Horizon Europe and Canada’s NSERC Team to Issue a Call for Proposals with an €8 Million ($11.9M CAD, $9.4M USD) Budget
The European Commission’s Horizon Europe and Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to issue a call for joint EU-CAN proposals for research on quantum technologies. Each one will provide funding of up to €4 Million (about $6M CAD or $4.7M USD) for projects related to quantum communication, quantum computing, quantum simulation or quantum sensing. The expected award to each selected EU-Canada consortium is about €1.33 Million (about $2M CAD or $1.57M USD) for projects expect to range from 36 to 60 months in duration. The EC will pay their funds to the European participants and the NSERC will pay their funds to the Canadian participants. Additional information about this joint call for proposals is available in a brief news release and also a program description available on the NSERC website.
July 17, 2021
IBM Opens Up Pulse Gate Capability to Everyone and also Sponsors an IEEE SERVICES Hackathon
IBM had announced in late 2019 a new capability called OpenPulse that would allow programmers to program their quantum computers at the pulse level in addition to the gate level. It previously had limited availability for only a select machines or select researchers. Now, IBM has announced that this feature, which they now call pulse gates, has been made available to all users on all of their machines. IBM also announced they are sponsoring an IEEE SERVICES Hackathon 2021 to challenge participants to design a quantum cloud service using Qiskit Runtime to encourage people to explore this new capability. Click here for the full article to see more information about both of these announcements.
July 16, 2021 – News Brief
Quantum Delta NL Creates €2 Million ($2.36M USD) Fund Pre-Seed Fund for Quantum Startups
We reported in May on an initiative from Dutch-based Quantum Delta NL called Lightspeed to support Dutch based quantum startup with raising capital from potential investors in Europe and the United States. They have now added on to this effort by creating their own micro-fund called “Lightspeed Fund 1” which will provide pre-seed funding to startups of up to 50,000 euros ($59K USD) in the form of a SAFE note (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) to allow early stage quantum startups to get started. Quantum Delta NL intends to make 5 to 15 awards in fiscal year 2021/2022 and 35 to 40 awards over the total period. There are currently seven quantum startups based in the Netherlands and Quantum Delta NL would like to increase this number to 100 by 2027. One of the first recipient of one of these awards is QuantWare as part of the €1.15 Million ($1.36M USD) pre-seed round they just announced. Additional information about this new micro-fund can be found in a new release posted on Quanta Delta NL’s website here.
July 16, 2021
QuantWare Starts Selling Off-the-Shelf QPUs and Raises €1.15 Million ($1.36M USD) in a Pre-Seed Round
QuantWare was founded in 2020 as a spinoff of QuTech has announced their first products including a 5-qubit quantum processing unit (QPU) and a low noise travelling wave parametric amplifier (TWPA). They will iniitally sell these components to research institutions and universities that want to build their own quantum computers. They also announced a pre-seed investment of 1.15 million euros which they will use to expand their team, their product line, and their available resources. For more, click here to read the full article.
July 15, 2021
Duality Quantum Accelerator Names the Initial Members of Its First Cohort
Last April, we reported on the creation of a new Duality Quantum Accelerator in Chicago led by the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Chicago Quantum Exchange with additional participation from founding partners, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Argonne National Laboratory, and Chicago innovation promotion organization P33. At that time, startup teams were invited to apply to participate in the initial cohort sessions which are now starting this month. The Duality Governing Board has now approved the first six startups that will become members of this inaugural cohort and the first sessions will start this week. Click here to see which companies Duality has selected to become members of its first cohort group.
July 13, 2021
BMW Sets Out a Quantum Computing Challenge in Collaboration with AWS
Sometimes a real world challenge can help quantum application developers advance their skills and technologies in ways that might not be the same as when they are only looking at various theoretical problems. With that in mind, BMW has issued a quantum computing challenge contest that is four specific problems they see in their automotive business. BMW will be collaborating with Amazon AWS to have contestants propose solutions for these problems and develop proof-of-concept solutions using the resources of AWS Braket. The challenge will go through two rounds with a winner announced at the Q2B conference in Silicon Valley on December 7-9, 2021, For more about this challenge click here to view our full article.
July 13, 2021 – News Brief
Riverlane, Rigetti, and Astex Pharmaceuticals Partner to Explore Drug Discovery Applications
The three companies have been provided a grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to research possible applications of quantum computing in drug discovery. Riverlane will lead the 18 month program which will develop an integrated application for simulating molecular systems using Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services. As part of the research, the team will also develop error mitigation software to help optimize the performance of the hardware architecture to improve both error rates and run times. Drug discovery remains one of the highest potential applications for quantum computing because pharmaceutical companies typically spend a billion dollars or more over a ten or more year period to develop a new drug. Although some companies are using various forms of classical computing to help perform computational chemistry simulations, the results are limited because the complexity of the calculations increase exponentially with the size of the molecule so the simulations will either take too long to complete or else require approximations which reduces the accuracy of the result. Additional information about this program can be found in a news release from Rigetti available here and another news release from Riverlane available here.
July 10, 2021
Microsoft Announces Credits, Python SDK Support, and New Development Capabilities for Azure Quantum
In a new blog post, Microsoft has announced several new features and other incentives for users of its Azure Quantum cloud platform. This include Quantum Credits of up to $10,000, direct connection to Quantum Python SDKs, Jupyter Notebooks, and several new simulators for larger and more complex simulation tasks. As the quantum computing market continues to grow, it will become increasingly competitive and we expect to see more development like these going forward which are intended to make it easier for new users to get started or existing users who are using a competitor’s platform try out a different platform to see if the new one is any better. Click here for the full article.
July 10, 2021
Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms Creates a 256 Qubit Quantum Simulator
A quantum simulator is not quite the same thing as a gate-based or annealing-based quantum computer, but it still may provide valuable in certain applications. A quantum simulator can be used to model a larger quantum mechanical system using the same quantum mechanical rules. As an analogy, think of how airplane designers will put a model airplane in a wind tunnel to gain knowledge of how the real airplane will perform once it is built. The team at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms has been developing such systems for a while. In 2017, they created a 51 qubit quantum simulator using rubidium atoms lined up in a 1D array. And now, they have created a larger 256 qubit system using atoms that can be arranged in a 2D array. For more about this development, click here to view our full article.
July 9, 2021
Strangeworks Providing Early Preview Access to IBM’s Qiskit Runtime
IBM’s Qiskit Runtime is a containerized service for quantum computers that significantly reduces latencies for running quantum programs, particularly for hybrid algorithms such as VQE and QAOA where data flows back and forth between a quantum computing and a classical computer many times. Now, this capability is being more made more widely available in an arrangement with Strangeworks which will become the first IBM partner to offer early preview access to Qiskit Runtime for a much larger user base through the Strangeworks ecosystem and Strangeworks’ family of products including both the Strangeworks QC™ community platform as well as the Strangeworks EQ™ enterprise platform. In addition, IBM is providing a dedicated 7-qubit quantum computer for users to work with this new technology. Click here for details about this announcement.
July 8, 2021 – News Brief
Oxford Quantum Circuits To Set Up the First Quantum Cloud Service in the UK
Oxford Quantum Circuits is setting up the first Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) in the United Kingdom. They will create a private cloud for strategic partners and customers who want to experiment with their quantum computer. The initial offering will be using their Sophia quantum computer which has four qubits, but OQC is working on more advanced machines which we expect to be also available on their service in the not too distant future. In addition, clients of the service will also be able to access Cambridge Quantum Computing’s Ironbridge quantum random number generation which produces verifiable quantum randomness for cybersecurity applications. The company is now accepting registrations of interest for those who wish to be included in the beta list of clients that can access OQC’s cloud service. For additional details about this service, you can view a news release posted on the OQC website here.
July 7, 2021 – News Brief
Three Australian Universities Receive $6 Million AUS ($4.49M USD) to Research Error Tolerant Quantum Computers
The funds are being provided by the Australia Department of Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) which will provide $2 million AUS each to Griffith University, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. The funding will occur over a two years period and will expand the work that has been performed under the Australia—US Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) program to enable error-tolerant quantum computers. The title of the project is “Quantum Control Based on Real-Time Environment Analysis by Spectator Qubits” with a goal to assess and experimentally implement a novel paradigm using spectator quantum systems for better control of qubits. Additional information is available in a news release from issued by Griffith University located here and also an article available on Australian Defence Magazine located here.
July 7, 2021
ColdQuanta Announces a 100 Qubit Processor with Customer Availability Later this Year
The processor, codenamed “Hilbert” will be based upon ColdQuanta’s cold atom technology. This technology utilizes Cesium atoms arranged in a 2D 11×11 grid that are supercooled to microkelvin temperatures using lasers. The initial Hilbert machine will be installed at ColdQuanta headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and accessible to customers over the cloud. Hilbert can be programmed using IBM’s open source Qiskit software platform with a backend module that can interface it to Hilbert. ColdQuanta is investigating additional options for both cloud access and software platforms. Click here for the full article.
July 6, 2021 – News Brief
Australian Government Awards Q-CTRL $4.5 Million AUS ($3.37M USD) for Development of Quantum Sensors for Space Payloads
The Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology will fund Q-CTRL with $4.5 million AUS over a 2.5 year period to expand the manufacture of novel remote sensing payloads for space deployment. The funding will come from the Australian government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Q-CTRL has been expanding its potential market by pursuing sensing applications that can use its BOULDER OPAL quantum control software and other Q-CTRL technology. These applications including quantum gravimetry, quantum magnetometry, quantum enhanced position, navigation and timing (PNT), and ultra-stable quantum clocks. Earlier this year, Q-CTRL announced it will be collaborating with the Australian SEVEN SISTERS consortium to help create small form factor sensors that can be used in space applications. Additional information is available in a news release from the Australian Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology, an overview of Q-CTRL’s quantum sensing solutions located on its website and a blog posting about Q-CTRL’s activities in quantum sensors.
July 5, 2021 – News Brief
Rohde & Schwarz Acquires Zurich Instruments
Rohde & Schwarz is an electronics company headquartered in Munich, Germany with products for the electronic test equipment, broadcast & media, cybersecurity, radio monitoring and radiolocation, and radiocommunication markets. For their fiscal 2019/2020 year they achieved revenue of €2.58 Billion ($3.06 Billion USD) and have over 12,000 employees in over 70 countries. Zurich Instruments was founded in 2008 , has over 100 employees and is based in Zurich, Switzerland. The company’s initial products were aimed for the lock-in amplifier market, but recently the company has expanded its product offerings to include electronic instrumentation for quantum computers. In March of this year, the company announced a new generation of signal generators for quantum computers called SHFSG. Zurich Instruments will operate as an independent subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz, but will have the financial backing of a much larger company to continue its developments in the quantum computing and other markets. For more, you can view post available on the Zurich Instruments website here and a press release available on the Rohde & Schwarz website here.
July 2, 2021
IQM Sets Up a Subsidiary in Spain as a Quantum Finance Co-Design Hub
The new subsidiary in Bilboa, Spain is being created with the support of the Basque local administration via Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Bilbao City Hall and will also be able to leverage quantum expertise available at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EUU) in Bilbao. The subsidiary will work as a co-design hub for quantum finance applications and will work closely with IQM’s headquarters in Helsinki and also IQM’s German subsidiary in Munich. Click here for the full article.
July 1, 2021 – News Brief
Another Regional Quantum Coalition Being Formed in Indiana
A new Center for Quantum Technologies is being established in Indiana with Purdue University as the lead institution and additional members including Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). It is being established through the NSF’s Industry-University Cooperative Research program. Purdue already has the Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute, which has over 50 scientists and engineers and the Center for Quantum Technologies will leverage this resource. Besides researching and developing industry-friendly quantum devices, systems, and algorithms, the center will have a mission of helping to train a robust quantum workforce. The center is currently recruiting industry partners and will be adding these in the future. For more about this new coalition you can visit a press release available on the Purdue University website here and also the website for the Center for Quantum Technologies here.
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