Quantum Computing Report News

The items on this page are courtesy of the Quantum Computing Report. Covering the sector since 2015, it uses that experience to provide a curated focus on the news that matters.

The capabilities of quantum computers are growing very fast and we expect to see announcements in the near future that a few real world applications have achieved quantum advantage, when an application can be processed faster or better or cheaper on a quantum computer than it could be done on... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-28
We reported last year that IBM had established a Quantum Education and Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with 13 initial members in the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center. Now they have announced 10 new members bringing the total to 23.  The new members include Alabama State University, Bowie... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-26
D-Wave has been gradually extending access of their Leap Cloud Service to a growing list of countries, now reaching 38 including Singapore, since it was first introduced in October 2018. Users who sign up can obtain an initial one free minute of quantum processing time or up to 20 minutes... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-26
By Dr. Chris Mansell Shown below are summaries of a few interesting research papers related to quantum computing that have been published over the past month. Title: Quantum machine learning models are kernel methodsOrganization: Xanadu Kernel methods were very popular in classical machine learning before the advent of deep neural networks.... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-26
The partnership will research the use of quantum technology to drive the identification of multi-gene biomarker discovery for oncology drug discovery.  Crown Bioscience (CrownBio) is a subsidiary of JSR Life Sciences and possesses extensive data bases and domain expertise while CQC has extensive experience in quantum computing, quantum algorithms, quantum... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-24
Bloomberg has published an article indicated that IonQ is in talks to merge with a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) corporation called DMY Technology Group Inc. III. A SPAC is sometimes known as a "blank check company" is a company formed with no commercial operations or physical assets with a... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-24
Something that doesn't get as much attention in the quantum world as it should is the significant amount of work in Japan to develop quantum and quantum-inspired systems to solve various types of combinatorial optimizing problems. These problems have a tremendous number of potential real world use cases and could... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-21
We had reported in January 2020 about the formation of the Maryland Quantum Alliance to help encourage and push innovations in quantum technology in the state of Maryland. This organization has now grown to include 10 additional organizations in Maryland and some neighboring states. The new members include the National... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-18
In separate announcements, IBM disclosed that is working on quantum projects with ExxonMobil and bp (formerly British Petroleum). With ExxonMobil they are working on a project to find ways that a quantum computer can help them manage the tens of thousands of merchant ships crossing the seas to deliver the... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-18
One of the best places where a quantum computer can be used for advantage over a classical approach is with optimization problems. These are problems where one seeks to find the lowest energy value in a mathematical equation expressed as a QUBO (Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization) and they are applicable... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-17
By Andre Saraiva, UNSW Noise is a qubit killer. This is the main challenge faced by quantum hardware makers and the reason why Microsoft decided to chase topological particles called Majoranas for their qubits, instead of the usual two-level systems. It is a “three-little-pigs” situation: you can choose the material... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-17
Strangeworks has announced three initiatives with the goals of helping to develop a global quantum workforce, humanize access to quantum computing and streamline existing quantum production workflows. Together these initiatives work to accelerate the development and utilization of quantum technology by encouraging members of the community to work together, share... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-17
In March 2018, we reported on a paper from Microsoft and its partners in Nature magazine that they had found evidence of the existence of the Majorana quasiparticle. Now, a new preprint has been published on arXiv with a correction indicating the conclusions of the earlier paper were premature. As... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-13
The funding was provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, abbreviated BMBF. Besides IQM additional participants include ParityQC, Infineon, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, and Freie Universität Berlin. The project, codenamed DAQC (Digital-Analog Quantum Computer) will develop a 54 qubit quantum processor over a four year period.... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-13
A fascinating study has been published by the Global Risk Institute. It was created by Dr. Michele Mosca and Dr. Marco Piani of evolutionQ and is an update to a study published a year ago that surveyed noted academics and researchers on when they predict a quantum computer would be... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-12
NEC is planning to develop a practical quantum annealer by 2023 and has reached an agreement with ParityQC in Austria to use their architecture. NEC will be using its superconducting parametron technology which will provide all-to-all connectivity between qubits and utilize a 3D integration technology. Parity's contribution will be their... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-11
We've discussed many times how important it is to achieve the best possible qubit quality levels, as measured with such parameters as coherence time and gate fidelity, in order to get good results from a quantum computer. This level is determined by many factors including the basic design, environment controls,... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-10
The operating system, named Origin Pilot, is the first homegrown quantum operating system in China. The company indicates that the system has a number of unique features including parallel execution of multiple quantum computing tasks, automatic qubit calibration, and unified management of quantum computing resources. The company's goal with this... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-10
Multiverse Computing, a quantum software company specializing in financial applications and Alpine Quantum Technology (AQT) will work together to utilize AQT's ion trap quantum computer to develop solutions for the finance industry. Multiverse is currently working with banks BBVA and Bankia with others on the way. They are based in... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-10
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the development of a prototype superconducting quantum computer with the prototype to be installed at the  Walther Meißner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. Participants in the project, codenamed GeQCoS (German Quantum Computer based on Superconducting Qubits), include the Walther... Read more
Published on: 2021-02-06