Tales from the City by Richard Murray: Q2B Santa Clara

Q2B has always seemed the conference for the biggest announcements. It was a mere two years ago when IonQ stole the show with their record-beating quantum volume results, laying the path to the move to go public.

This year could be as eventful. I’m personally excited to learn – beyond the headlines – more about what the global quantum community has been up to for the last 2 years.

The agenda certainly looks like a good one. With a few notable exceptions, all of the biggest names in quantum are out and about, with back-to-back presentations in one day session from most. I am expecting big things.

In particular, I’m interested to hear from a slew of individuals and executives at the front-line; experts and analysts. No doubt these individuals will be asked questions I don’t think anyone knows the answer to yet: When will we have useful quantum computers, for example? What will they look like?

But beyond these seemingly eternal questions will surely be critical insights about the journey we are all on: which algorithms or applications are showing the best promise for scaling. Is there any emerging potential for NISQ (and more important- how close are these i.e. how many qubits and what circuit depth is needed)?

I’m also interested to hear the plethora of different perspectives: From very large corporates that are investing in quantum (For example,BP, AFRL, Goldman, BMW, Roche); those with a wide view of the industry (AWS) or with the biggest investments (IonQ, AWS, IBM, Microsoft, Nvidia); and those the deepest knowledge of specific verticals (Zapata, Cambridge Quantum). They will all be here.

So stay tuned. I’ll be reporting each fascinating day as it comes, as I see it.

Richard Murray is CEO and co-founder of ORCA computing and co-chair of UKQuantum: the voice of the UK quantum industry

 

 

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