Microsoft’s Introduces Azure Quantum in Public Preview
Microsoft announced that Azure Quantum, its cloud-based platform for using quantum hardware and software tools from partners like Honeywell Quantum Solutions, IonQ, 1QBit, QCI, and others, is now in public preview. Azure Quantum went into limited preview last May. At the time, it was only open to a small number of select Microsoft partners and customers, but from now, anyone with an interest in quantum computing can start experimenting with the service.
Azure Quantum’s ecosystem is packed with software packages to help developers get started with writing quantum applications. There is also an open-source quantum development kit (QDK) which provides a basis for researchers to develop new algorithms with Q#, a programming language focused on quantum.
To date, Azure Quantum has been in limited preview, and few developers have been piloting the platform for the past few months. Experiments have been carried out in different fields, like materials design, financial modeling, and traffic optimization.
Julie Love, Senior Director at Microsoft Quantum said, “With Azure Quantum Public Preview, we’re opening up the technology to the broader ecosystem. Now developers, researchers, systems integrators, and customers can use it to learn and build.”
Krysta Svore, GM Microsoft Quantum said, “The transition to Public Preview of Azure Quantum is a milestone for our ecosystem. This continues the momentum we saw last year, which like selection for the National Quantum Initiative Quantum Research Centers, the addition of new Azure Quantum partners, and scaling control circuitry for qubits.”
Microsoft’s efforts to build a quantum computer have not resulted in a working qubit yet. Microsoft at the moment is betting on partnerships to develop this platform.
Though Microsoft has revealed that the company is working on a different kind of topological qubit, it has not made any public announcement that it has achieved a working qubit yet.
You may not be able to access this platform right away, but you can always start learning. Amazon will now offer quantum computers as-a-service with Amazon Bracket. Yet the service is available in a limited phase.
The company has also launched two courses on the Microsoft Learn platform. These courses will help people understand how to build a program with Q# programming language.
Leveraging this particular characteristic of qubits, quantum computers can solve problems exponentially faster than classical computers, although quantum devices can only support a small number of qubits.
As you start the quantum journey, you can explore at your own pace, with the peace of mind that your data is secure. You pay as you move ahead, and scale when you are ready. You have the flexibility to choose from self-service development or tailored development services.
Azure Quantum focuses on creating a one-stop-shop for developers, complete with the software and hardware resources that are necessary to build quantum applications.
The whole idea is to mimic certain quantum behaviors to develop quantum-inspired algorithms that can then be run on hardware to solve very difficult problems and to achieve significant speedup over traditional approaches. The method is best for optimization problems.