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Quantum Computing Start-up Q-CTRL Opens U.S. Headquarters in Los Angeles



Quantum computing start-up Q-CTRL today announced the opening of its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles to serve its growing industrial and academic client base throughout the U.S.


Press release from Q-CTRL
November 6th 2019 | 436 readers

Michael J. Biercuk, founder and CEO of Q-CTRL - Photo Philippe Nieuwbourg
Michael J. Biercuk, founder and CEO of Q-CTRL - Photo Philippe Nieuwbourg
Q-CTRL recruiting quantum computing technologists as well as software engineers experienced in AI and machine learning
 
The goal of quantum computing is to leverage the exotic properties of physics found on tiny size scales to execute computations far beyond the reach of today’s fastest computers. Q-CTRL was founded in Sydney, Australia in 2017 to help solve a key obstacle to the development of the first useful quantum computers: the prevalence of computational errors.
 
Even the most advanced machines being developed today can only run operations for very short periods before errors creep in and programs fail, compromising the potential of quantum computers to enable sought-after breakthroughs in science, pharmaceuticals, finance and more. Error is often noted as the Achilles heel of quantum computing hardware.
 
Q-CTRL helps solve this critical issue by providing ‘quantum firmware,’ a set of special low-level commands which have been demonstrated to make quantum hardware more resistant to errors from environmental ‘noise’ while enhancing computational accuracy and usefulness.
 
“We are extremely proud to be opening our U.S. offices in L.A., close to many of our key customers and research partners,” said Michael J. Biercuk, founder and CEO of Q-CTRL. “We are dedicated to being a global company and wish to fully support the quantum computing development efforts of companies, academic institutions, and government agencies in the U.S. which will eventually deliver tremendous benefit to the world.”
 
“On the heels of Google’s recent announcement of having achieved quantum supremacy, improving hardware performance will become essential as we move to the first useful systems,” Biercuk said. “Without the kinds of performance enhancements our infrastructure software provides, the relevance of this technical milestone will be lost.”
 
The U.S. headquarters is led by Dr. David Hover, who serves as the lead customer integration engineer for Q-CTRL’s U.S. client base. Hover holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin. He previously served as an instrument scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena as well as a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass.
 
“I’m thrilled to be able to apply my experience building and testing real superconducting quantum computers to the toughest challenges in the field,” said Hover. “Q-CTRL’s specialization in this area and dedication to producing professionally engineered software solutions was the real attraction for me. In the short time I’ve been with the team it’s been great to see how much demand there is for Q-CTRL’s products and capabilities. I’m excited to lead efforts integrating our solutions seamlessly into customer hardware.”
 
Q-CTRL is currently recruiting team members for its L.A. offices across a range of quantum computing specialties, including quantum computing devices, quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, and quantum circuit compilation. The company is also seeking software engineers with experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
 
Q-CTRL recently completed a $15 million Series A round led by Australia’s largest venture capital fund, Square Peg Capital and Silicon Valley’s Sierra Ventures.
 
The company’s new U.S. headquarters is in downtown Los Angeles.


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