By Carolyn Mathas

Celebrating World Quantum Day, Q-CTRL announced Black Opal Pro, an expanded version of its popular Black Opal interactive quantum computing learning program for beginners. In honor of World Quantum Day, they are also offering two Black Opal Pro annual subscriptions for the price of one from April 14-20, 2022. The original Black Opal is still available at no charge and a comparison of the features between the two versions is shown in the chart below.

Comparison of Black Opal versus Black Opal Pro. Credit: Q-CTRL

Black Opal leverages visual design and interactivity allowing users to build intuition regarding tough concepts and learn quantum computing in just minutes a day. It covers such basics as, what are waves?  what is phase?  It supports engineers and developers, analysts, consultants, investors, public servants and anyone 16 and older who want to understand how the technology works.

According to Michael Biercuk, CEO and founder of Q-CTRL, “We focus on ensuring that we don’t just dryly present a series of facts – we connect the information and interactives to the key terms and concepts an observer will actually encounter in the field.  What are the most important NISQ algorithms?  What is Quantum Error Correction?  What’s the difference between trapped-ion and superconducting processors?  What’s a QASM file? These concepts may seem quite unfamiliar at first, but by working through Black Opal any user can build real insight and intuition for this material, giving a major competitive edge in consulting, investment analysis, or even marketing.”

Available as an annual subscription at only $9.99 per month, Black Opal Pro allows users to tackle intermediate and advanced skills, taking them through reading and interpreting quantum circuits, understanding the “spooky” quantum concept of entanglement, composing algorithms, and even writing code to program real quantum computers. Q-CTRL’s basic version of Black Opal remains free. Any user can build real insight and intuition for this material, giving a major competitive edge in consulting, investment analysis, or even marketing. The company compares Black Opal to Duolingo (a language learning website) for quantum computing – accessible to everyone.

For more information, you can view a news release provided by Q-CTRL here and to purchase a Black Opal Pro subscription, you can click here.

April 14, 2022