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  • IonQ Accepting Applications for Second Cohort of their Research Credit Program September 21, 2021
    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 […]
  • Wits University Receives 8 Million Rand ($543K USD) in Seed Funding for a Quantum Initiative September 19, 2021
    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 […]
  • Concerned About Quantum Computing Ethics? Start by First Helping to Fix Classical Computing Ethics! September 19, 2021
    We are seeing a number of efforts to examine the topic of quantum computing ethics. Although this is commendable, our view is that guidelines for quantum computing ethics need to be built upon a strong platform of classical computing ethics. And classical computing ethics are a mess right now! We don’t think efforts to develop […]
  • QDevil Introduces a Very Fast, Ultra Stable Voltage Source for Control of Quantum Devices September 18, 2021
    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. It can be used to provide DC and intermediate frequency control of quantum devices including gate electrodes, flux bias […]
  • Chinese Research Group Makes Further Improvements in their Quantum Supremacy Experiment; Now at 60 Qubits with 24 Levels September 17, 2021
    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 […]
  • IBM, AWS, Microsoft, and the University of Innsbruck Set Up a Technical Steering Committee for the OpenQASM Language September 16, 2021
    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 […]
  • My ACM TechTalk on quantum supremadvantage September 15, 2021
    This Erev Yom Kippur, I wish to repent for not putting enough quantum computing content on this blog. Of course, repentance is meaningless unless accompanied by genuine reform. That being the case, please enjoy the YouTube video of my ACM TechTalk from last week about quantum supremacy—although, as you’ll see if you watch the thing, […]
  • Quantum computing for undergraduates September 15, 2021
    The Fermilab Theoretical Physics Department hosted its first Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates program this summer. Students from a range of diverse backgrounds learned about the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics. The post Quantum computing for undergraduates appeared first on News.
  • Open Problems Related to Quantum Query Complexity September 15, 2021
    Way back in 2005, I posed Ten Semi-Grand Challenges for Quantum Computing Theory, on at least half of which I’d say there’s been dramatic progress in the 16 years since (most of the challenges were open-ended, so that it’s unclear when to count them as “solved”). I posed more open quantum complexity problems in 2010, […]
  • IonQ and Accenture Agree to Collaborate on Quantum Computing September 14, 2021
    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 […]
  • Taking lessons from a sea slug, study points to better hardware for artificial intelligence September 14, 2021
    The sea slug has taught neuroscientists the most basic intelligence features that any creature in the animal kingdom needs to survive. Now, researchers have mimicked these strategies in a quantum material, a step toward figuring out how to build artificial intelligence directly into hardware.
  • Just by changing its shape, scientists show they can alter material properties September 14, 2021
    Scientists have observed that when the shape of a thin film of metal oxide known as titania is confined at the mesoscale, its conductivity increases. This finding demonstrates that nanoscale confinement is a way to control quantum effects.
  • Researchers develop new tool for analyzing large superconducting circuits September 13, 2021
    New research tools are needed to fully develop quantum computers and advance the field. Now researchers have developed and tested a theoretical tool for analyzing large superconducting circuits. These circuits use superconducting quantum bits, the smallest units of a quantum computer, to store information. Circuit size is important since protection from detrimental noise tends to […]
  • Software SDK / Quantum Hardware Compatibility Chart September 11, 2021
    One of the buzzwords you hear from many software developers is "hardware agnostic". Developers of Software Developer Platforms (SDKs) work to make their software as compatible with as many different hardware processors as possible while maintain the same top level programming interface. They do this by incorporating different backends for each of the processor while […]
  • Amazon Introduces Verbatim Compilation for Quantum Circuits September 11, 2021
    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 […]
  • Arqit Starts Trading on the NASDAQ September 10, 2021
    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 […]
  • Breakthrough achievement in quantum computing September 9, 2021
    Researchers have set a world record for innovation in quantum computing.
  • Groundbreaking Technique Yields Important New Details on possible ‘Fifth Force’ September 9, 2021
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 A group of researchers have used a groundbreaking new technique to reveal previously unrecognized properties of technologically crucial silicon crystals and uncovered new information about an important subatomic particle and a long-theorized fifth force of nature.
  • Inspiring Fifty September 7, 2021
    From Inspiring Fifty (Italy) Sept. 7, 2021: Fermilab’s Anna Grasselino was named one of Italy’s most inspiring women in the world of technology. She was recognized for her work as Director of the National Quantum Information Science and head of the SQMS division of Fermilab. Read more about all 50 innovators. The post Inspiring Fifty […]
  • Simulating Quantum Particles on a Lattice September 7, 2021
    Tuesday, September 7, 2021 A team of researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have developed a new quantum simulator that uses microwave photons in a superconducting cavity to simulate particles on a lattice similar to those found in superconductors or atomic nuclei.
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