Intel expands ecosystem with quantum computing SDK

Intel’s Quantum SDK version 1.0 is a full quantum computer in simulation that allows developers to program quantum algorithms. The kit features a C++ programming interface using an industry-standard low-level virtual machine (LLVM) compiler toolchain. It also interfaces with Intel’s quantum hardware, including the Horse Ridge II control chip and quantum spin qubit chip, scheduled for release later this year.

“The Intel Quantum SDK helps programmers get ready for future large-scale commercial quantum computers,” said Anne Matsuura, director of Quantum Applications & Architecture, Intel Labs. “It will not only help developers learn how to create quantum algorithms and applications in simulation, but it will also advance the industry by creating a community of developers that will accelerate the development of applications, so they are ready when Intel’s quantum hardware becomes available.”

The development kit features a quantum runtime environment optimized for executing hybrid quantum-classical algorithms. Developers have the choice of two target backends for simulating qubits to either represent a higher number of generic qubits or Intel hardware.

The first backend is the Intel Quantum Simulator (IQS), an open-source generic qubit simulator capable of 32 qubits on a single node and more than 40 qubits on multiple nodes. The second is a target backend that simulates Intel quantum dot qubit hardware and enables compact model simulation of Intel silicon spin qubits.

The Quantum SDK 1.0 is available now on the OneAPI Intel Dev Cloud. Registration is required. To read more about Intel’s quantum computing efforts, click here.


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