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Classiq Collaborates With Microsoft to Bring Advanced Quantum Software to Researchers and Academic Institutions

Collaboration to offer academia access to state-of-the-art quantum algorithm design, analysis, and hardware execution via Azure Quantum.

Press release from Classiq
February 13th 2023 | 157 readers

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Classiq today launched a global program for quantum software research and education, dedicated to universities and educational institutions offering Classiq’s advanced quantum computing platform and Microsoft Azure Quantum’s cloud access to quantum computers. The combined offering will be used by university professors, students, and researchers for conducting courses and carrying out research in all aspects of quantum computing.

The offering, already used by leading universities, targets two major goals:
- Accelerating quantum software education by providing an advanced platform for automated quantum software design and execution.
- Advancing quantum computing by giving researchers a scalable, robust quantum software design platform with seamless access to computation.

Classiq and Microsoft are at the forefront of quantum computing software. The companies’ quantum stack brings quantum computing software closer to the vision presented by Microsoft in its 2020 Nature paper “Quantum Programming Languages.”

Classiq's platform is already used by leading universities in quantum computing courses and research. The high-level modeling approach gives quantum computing students and researchers freedom. This freedom allows them to program quantum computers effortlessly, visualize complex quantum circuits, and focus on designing applications instead of gate level code.

Dr. Robert Willie, Technical University of Munich Professor and Chair for Design Automation of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Arts, commented, “In order to make quantum computing a success, we need a strong interplay between hardware and software. Designing quantum software at the functional level and executing it on multiple QPUs will advance both quantum research and education. The collaboration between Classiq and Microsoft aims at exactly that and will pave the way towards a quantum computing ecosystem capable of solving some of the future’s most important challenges.”

In addition to designing state-of-the-art circuits for near-term quantum devices, Classiq’s synthesis engine allows researchers to easily explore large complex quantum circuits, dedicated to the fault-tolerant regime. The circuits, generated in QIR code, can then be sent to Microsoft’s resource estimation platform, and give the researcher unprecedented capabilities to design large-scale quantum applications.

Microsoft is a leading force in the education sector reaching schools and universities worldwide. Microsoft’s broad education offering includes software, security, infrastructure management, and cloud products. Azure Quantum is a leading cloud provider of quantum computing and provides access to a large suite of quantum simulators and quantum computers. Microsoft is one of the first public clouds to offer access to Ionq’s new Aria machine, and Rigetti’s 80 qubit device. With access to Azure Quantum students and researchers will have state of the art devices available.

Combining Classiq and Microsoft’s quantum stack will make leading quantum computing research tools widely available. This collaboration between two quantum computing leaders will provide academic users with a seamless flow from simplifying the adoption of advanced quantum programming all the way to execution on quantum computers.

Microsoft’s reach and experience in the academic and quantum markets, combined with Classiq’s software platform, will offer an approachable end-to-end environment dedicated to propelling computer science education and quantum computing research to new heights.

“Bringing the best quantum software stack to academic users is the ultimate way of accelerating the quantum computing revolution. We’re delighted to collaborate with Microsoft on this important endeavor,” said Nir Minerbi, Co-Founder and CEO at Classiq.

“The Classiq platform’s ability to simplify complex quantum circuits through visualization and automation, in fact, mirrors Classiq’s integration approach with Microsoft Azure Quantum,” added Fabrice Frachon, Azure Quantum Principal Program Manager. “Users access the best of Classiq’s quantum circuit design software and Azure Quantum’s cloud-based endpoints and capabilities through a single, simple-to-use Classiq interface and workspace.”

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