Microsoft reports in a blog post by Krysta Svore, the company’s quantum general manager, that Azure Quantum, its full-stack, public cloud ecosystem for quantum solutions, is now open for public review.
“Developers, researchers, systems integrators, and customers can use it to learn and build solutions based on the latest innovations—using familiar tools in the most trusted public cloud,” Svore writes.
The unified Azure Quantum ecosystem is designed to accelerate quantum research and develop, allowing the customer to access the diverse quantum software and hardware solutions, a network of leading quantum researchers and developers, a robust resource library, and flexible self-service or tailored development programs for customers and systems integrators.
Svore also writes that the system’s large group of users and developers is a benefit.
“You’ll be able to collaborate with world-leading experts in our vibrant community of quantum innovators,” Svore writes. “Our open-source Quantum Development Kit (QDK) with the Q# quantum programming language protects your development investments by proactively anticipating and integrating with advances in quantum systems. And Microsoft’s new Quantum Intermediate Representation (QIR) is a common open-source interface between languages and target quantum computation platforms.”
The resource library of learning materials and samples helps the user grow skills in quantum computing and optimization.
“Microsoft Learn teaches fundamental quantum concepts, Katas teach quantum programming in self-paced tutorials, and our samples demonstrate how quantum algorithms can be used for a variety of quantum computing tasks,” Svore added.
A single development interface allows the user to tap into capabilities offered by industry leaders in quantum computing and optimization solutions, according to the post.
“You can access quantum computing capabilities in the cloud from our hardware partners, Honeywell Quantum Solutions and IonQ, through their trapped-ion quantum systems. Honeywell’s system leverages mid-compute measurement and qubit reuse, allowing developers to write quantum algorithms in uniquely impactful ways,” Svore writes. “IonQ’s system offers a dynamically reconfigurable system for up to 11 fully-connected qubits that lets you run a two-qubit gate between any pair.”
“This new generation of algorithms apply quantum principles for increased speed and accuracy, running at scale on a range of silicon including CPU, GPU and FPGA.”
Users can also develop optimization solutions based on solvers from Microsoft and 1QBit.
“This new generation of algorithms apply quantum principles for increased speed and accuracy, running at scale on a range of silicon including CPU, GPU and FPGA,” she writes. “With cloud-based access through Azure Quantum, you can accelerate research into solving problems in chemistry, medicine, finance, and logistics.”
According to Svore, the transition to public preview marks a key milestone for quantum computing and our ecosystem, continuing last year’s momentum, which includes selection for the National Quantum Initiative Quantum Research Centers, the addition of new Azure Quantum partners, and hardware advances in scaling control circuitry for qubits.
According to the post “Customers using Azure Quantum have already demonstrated valuable ways to build solutions to complex problems. From logistics and freight optimization to risk management solutions and fighting cancer, we’re seeing real-world application of Azure Quantum solutions today, and we are pleased to now expand Azure Quantum to Public Preview.”
The public is welcome to try Azure Quantum. The company will host free Azure Quantum Developer Workshop today (Feb. 2) at 8am PST.