This Cutting-Edge Quantum Computing Software Kit Is Now Open Source

You may be a part of the next technology revolution soon.

Cambridge Quantum has made its latest quantum software development kit fully open, allowing anyone to use it immediately with no restrictions, according to a press release.

TKET (pronounced “ticket”), in particular, provides a high-performance quantum software development kit that has recently gone open-source following months of testing. 

“We first announced that TKET would be available on an open-access basis earlier this year, with a commitment to become fully open-sourced by the end of 2021,” said CEO Ilyas Khan of Cambridge Quantum (CQ). “During that period, a global community of software developers embraced and adopted our class-leading product that delivers the best possible performance, whilst utilizing existing platforms such as Qiskit and Cirq, as well as the largest collection of quantum processors available.”

In this Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) period, it was critical to minimise gate count and execution time,” said CQ’s Head of Software, Ross Duncan. “TKET combines high-level hardware-agnostic optimization for quantum circuits with target-specific compilation passes for the chosen quantum device.”  

Duncan also highlighted how this allows users to migrate between quantum platforms without affecting performance. “Users need only to focus on developing their quantum applications, not rewriting code around the idiosyncrasies of any particular hardware,” he added.

Users can see more openness in the code thanks to CQ’s choice to make their kit open-source. As a result, it is easy to report concerns and implement more sophisticated upgrades. “The rapidly growing quantum software community will now be able to make their own contributions or take inspiration and develop their own extensions to the codebase under the permissive Apache 2.0 license,” according to the release.  

This follows previous open-source additions, which began with CQ’s Version 0.8. “Extensions are Python modules which enable TKET to work with different quantum  devices and simulators, and provide integration with other quantum software tools.” This is a big step toward outsourcing the essential work of transforming modern computing into a next-generation force that has the ability to disrupt the fabric of modern civilization since anyone interested in CQ’s open-source quantum tools may discover further information and tutorials on GitHub.

IBM has created 28 quantum computers, eight of which were built in 2020, demonstrating the experimental sector’s incredible progress. IBM’s Q Network is available as an open-source software development kit, Qiskit, and commercial Cloud software services. Overall, they make up a “community of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, startups and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing,” according to the firm’s website.  

In September 2020, Xanadu will unveil the world’s first cloud-based photonic quantum computer. As none of the foregoing breakthroughs has fully revealed quantum computing’s potential, the chances of making it a reality are difficult to overlook. The technology has the ability to revolutionize the medical industry, transform communications, boost cybersecurity to previously unimaginable heights, and forever change the artificial intelligence paradigm.

For those of you interested, get access to the code and instructions at GitHub.

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