The Week in Quantum Computing - October 19th
The Week in Quantum Computing. Brought to you by Sergio Gago and The Quantum World Association.
Another busy week. With lots of developments both on the academia and the community side. We had the first superconductor at room temperature. This maybe could lead to a new black swan qubit implementation!
BCG posted a great report on QC bets for finance. The Qiskit community has been busy, first they release the second season of “Coding with Qiskit” (more awaited than Game of Thrones), then the release of “Metal” a CAD software to design quantum devices.
SheQuantum, the learning platform for women in QC, joins the Quantum World Association! Information here.
Wittek price for Open Source. In order to recognize the work of the unsung heroes, developers and maintainers, often unaware of the magnitude of the impact their work is having on the quantum software community, QOSF is partnering with Unitary Fund in order to award a 4000 USD to a software contributor/maintainer among crowd-sourced nominees.
Events / Webinars and other stuff happening
QBN Webinar: Quantum Computing for Material Science & Pharma - 09.11.2020 15:00 - 17:15h
Quantum2020 - 16th - 22th October
Inside Quantum Technology Europe - 26th - 30th October.
European Quantum Week - 2nd - 6th November
The Summary of the Week
TQD publishes results of Quantum Technologies Survey
The Quantum Daily today announces the release of the results of its Quantum Technologies Survey. We decided to cover the community’s opinion on a variety of topics related to Quantum Technologies, including key milestones, investment and commercialisation.
October 12, 2020 at 10:06AM October 12, 2020 at 10:33AM
Pentagon beefs-up hypersonic missile tracking from space, awards $342M in contracts
The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency (SDA) awards two contracts totaling more than $342 million to deploy satellites for detecting and tracking hypersonic and ballistic missiles from space.
October 13, 2020 at 02:19PM October 13, 2020 at 02:33PM
The European Quantum Computing Startup Landscape
The upcoming years might very well be an exciting time to invest in quantum technologies. Below are some of the aspects that contribute to this belief. Almost exactly a year ago, in October 2019, Google researchers claimed to have attained a pivotal quantum computing milestone (i.e.
October 13, 2020 at 02:27PM October 13, 2020 at 02:33PM
Featured Paper: Using the Parameterized Quantum Circuit combined with Variational-Quantum-Eigensolver (VQE) to create an Intelligent social workers' schedule problem solver
The social worker scheduling problem is a class of combinatorial optimization problems that combines scheduling with routing issues. These types of problems with classical computing can only be solved, in the best of cases, in an approximate way and significantly when the input data does not grow considerably. Today, the focus on the quantum computer should no longer be only on its enormous computing power, but also on the use of its imperfection for this era, (Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ)) to create a powerful optimization and learning device that uses variational techniques. We had already proposed a formulation and solution of this problem using the capacity of the quantum computer. In this article, we present some broad results of the experimentation techniques. And above all, we propose an adaptive and intelligence solution, which efficiently recalculates the schedules of social workers. Taking into account new restrictions and changes in the initial conditions, by using a case-based reasoning system and the variational quantum eigensolver based on a finite-depth quantum circuit. That encodes the ground state of the Hamiltonian of social workers.
The quantum feasibility of the algorithm will be modelled with docplex and tested on IBMQ computers.
October 13, 2020 at 06:31PM
12 European companies and research labs join forces to boost industrial quantum computing applications
The NEASQC project will investigate a large selection of NISQ-compatible industrial and financial use-cases and develop open source NISQ programming libraries for those use cases, to facilitate quantum computing experimentation for new users.
October 13, 2020 at 07:11PM
CFX Quantum Platform Announces ZEROONE Product for Arbitrage Trading
CFX Quantum platform offers users the ZEROONE product to help them trade easily and safely through arbitrage. To achieve this, CFX Quantum relies on quantum-inspired computing achieved through Fujitsu's Digital Annealer chip.
ZEROONE was created out of a collaborative effort among CFX Quantum, University of Milan, Khalifa University Research Center and Smartxchange. They came up with a trading algorithm that helps to take full advantage of light-speed technology made possible through quantum-inspired computing.
ZEROONE is a system of assets arbitrage trading combined with predictive allocation with a focus on the crypto market. By combining arbitrage trading with quantum-inspired computing, it may possibly achieve risks of close to zero in a sequence of trades.
October 13, 2020 at 10:08PM
Nobody agrees on how to build a quantum computer. Why?
Microsoft has bet the farm on something called anyons. IBM, Intel and Google have backed superconductors. And even if those scientific words don't make much sense, at least you've heard of the organizations.
October 13, 2020 at 10:31PM
We talk to Zapata Computing about their new Scientific Advisory Body and the future of Quantum Computing
Zapata Computing has recently been making headlines with new access to its Orquestra service and availability across a number of platforms. Recently Zapata also re-shuffled its scientific advisory board to include notable figures in the Quantum Community.
October 14, 2020 at 12:49AM
Novel Quantum Circuit Calculates Fourier Transform Faster and More Efficiently
Scientists design a novel quantum circuit that calculates the fast Fourier transform, an indispensable tool in all fields of engineering. The Fourier transform is a mathematical operation essential to virtually all fields of physics and engineering.
October 14, 2020 at 07:20PM
There’s no better time to join the quantum computing revolution
It’s an exciting time to be in quantum information science. Investments are growing across the globe, like the recently announced U.S.
October 14, 2020 at 08:14PM
Video: Exclusive SheQuantum Interview: Dr Elica Kyoseva, Quantum Computer Scientist, European Commission
Exclusive SheQuantum Interview with an inspiring women Quantum Computer Scientist, Dr Elica Kyoseva, scientific advisor @ European Commission, Brussels and is in a lead position at Boehringer Ingelheim, a big pharma working on quantum computing applications for drug discovery.
October 14, 2020 at 08:26PM
Creating the world’s first Quantum Computing ecosystem
On Monday Em and I spoke to a pirate. In this case there were no skull and crossbones simply a whole load of insight into the How & Why of creating the world’s first ecosystem to support the growth of quantum computing. Below are some thoughts building off the discussion.
October 14, 2020 at 09:18PM
Meet the Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge’s five finalist teams
Jury members received clear evaluation criteria to determine both the scientific and quantum computing merits of the proposed approach, as well as its potential to translate into aerospace-specific applications.
October 14, 2020 at 09:28PM
Variational fast forwarding for quantum simulation beyond the coherence time
Trotterization-based, iterative approaches to quantum simulation (QS) are restricted to simulation times less than the coherence time of the quantum computer (QC), which limits their utility in the near term.
October 15, 2020 at 08:22AM
IEEE Quantum Week: Intel Highlights Full-Stack Quantum Research
What’s New: During the IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering this week, Intel is presenting a body of research highlighting its full-stack approach to quantum innovation spanning hardware, software and algorithm development.
October 15, 2020 at 08:22AM
Resilience and Vibrancy: The 2020 Data & AI Landscape
(Not quamtum computing, but related field).
In a year like no other in recent memory, the data ecosystem is showing not just remarkable resilience but exciting vibrancy. When COVID hit the world a few months ago, an extended period of gloom seemed all but inevitable.
October 15, 2020 at 09:15AM
Room-temperature superconductivity in a carbonaceous sulfur hydride
One of the long-standing challenges in experimental physics is the observation of room-temperature superconductivity1,2. Recently, high-temperature conventional superconductivity in hydrogen-rich materials has been reported in several systems under high pressure3,4,5.
October 15, 2020 at 01:38PM
Quantum IPOs: the cat's out of the bag
And while QuantumCTek has lost roughly 30% since then the appetite for bigger and better things seems to have reached the #quantum #tech capital markets as much as the NISQ supremacy racers.
October 15, 2020 at 01:39PM
Why We’re On A Mission To Ensure Every High School Student Learns Quantum Computing
Most students will not be exposed to quantum computing until graduate school. However, over the next decade, we think that quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize technology — and the future will be led by those who know how to use these devices.
October 15, 2020 at 07:53PM
NIST Quantum Cryptography Program Nears Completion
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's first post-quantum cryptography standard will address key issues, approaches, an arms race, and the technology's uncertain future. It sometimes feels like we've been talking about quantum computing for decades.
October 16, 2020 at 11:12AM
It’s Time for Financial Institutions to Place Their Quantum Bets
Among the business sectors that quantum computing has the potential to transform, financial services stands out, for several reasons.
October 16, 2020 at 05:45PM October 16, 2020 at 06:33PM
Fujitsu Commences Joint Research with World-Leading Institutions for Innovations in Quantum Computing
Fujitsu Labs will partner with international research institutions with strengths in quantum computing to make practical quantum computing a reality
The need for innovation in this field is growing, as solutions to complicated challenges exceed the limits of conventional computing
Advances in areas such as drug discovery, materials, and finance are expected as quantum computing becomes more practical and widely available
October 16, 2020 at 05:50PM
Why Quantum Algorithms? — Coding with Qiskit Season 2 Episode 1
Your formal invite to weekly Qiskit videos ► https://ift.tt/2RcR10R Getting Started – https://ift.tt/35TrRs9 Need help? – https://ibm.co/joinqiskitslack Production by: Paul Searle, Clinton Herrick & David Rodriguez Writing by: Olivia Lanes, Jin-Sung Kim, Abe Asfaw & Leron Gil
October 16, 2020 at 06:28PM
Research team discovers uniquely quantum effect in erasing information
A bit of information can be encoded in the position of a particle (left or right). A demon can erase a classical bit (blue) by raising one side until the particle is definitely on the right. A quantum particle (red) can also tunnel under the barrier, which generates more heat.
October 17, 2020 at 09:12AM
What if We Had a Computer-Aided Design Program for Quantum Computers?
There’s no doubt about it: building quantum computers is hard, and we wish it was easier. Designing quantum devices is the bedrock of the quantum computing world, and yet, this is an arduous, multi-step process more complex than the design workflow of conventional chips.
October 17, 2020 at 07:39PM
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