QuTech, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO is offering the Quantum Inspire system for users who want to try other types of quantum computers.  Not only does Quantum Inspire include a 5 qubit processor named Starmon-5, but it also provides the world’s first public access to a spin qubit based processor named Spin-2.  In addition, Quantum Inspire also provide access to two different software simulators including QX-26 which can simulate up to 26 qubits and runs on a commodity cloud-based server with 4GB of RAM  and also QX-31 which can simulate up to 31 qubits and runs on the Dutch SurfSara supercomputer with 96GB of memory.

Quantum Inspire is a full stack system and QuTech also provides a programming language called cQASM which is a derivative of the QASM (Quantum Assembly Language) originally created at MIT. But they also provide an interface and can accept third party Python-based platforms including ProjectQ (ETH Zurich) and Qiskit (IBM). Algorithms can also be programmed through third party Python-based quantum programming platforms such as ProjectQ from ETH Zurich and QisKit from IBM.

Quantum Inspire Programming Interface. Credit: QuTech

QuTech is planning on building out the Quantum Inspire platform as time progresses.  They have indicated to us that in the coming year they will be focusing on offering higher qubit numbers in the current two technologies. They also plan on building partnerships around Quantum Inspire in order to provide support to end users. They are currently talking with other providers about connecting to their platforms.

For additional information on Quantum Inspire, you can read the news release announcing it on the QuTech web site here, a technical fact sheet here and you can sign up for an account and view the documentation here.

April 22, 2020