Intel Labs Releases Intel Quantum Software Development Kit Beta


September 28, 2022 – Quantum computing promises to dramatically accelerate the solving of complex problems and has the potential to enable significant breakthroughs in materials, chemical and drug design, financial and climate modeling, and cryptography.

Advances in quantum bits, or qubits, are one step towards realizing quantum practicality, but significant breakthroughs are needed across the entire hardware and software stack to realize its full potential.

To advance this journey, Intel Labs has developed a comprehensive software development kit (SDK), called the Intel Quantum SDKs, which interfaces with Intel’s quantum computing stack. The kit allows developers to program new quantum algorithms to run qubits in simulation and on real quantum hardware in the future. Beta users are already exploring chemistry, materials, and fluid dynamics simulations, as well as algorithms for solving linear systems of equations, which could be used in real-world situations such as financial modeling.

About the Intel Quantum SDK

The Intel Quantum SDK includes an intuitive C++-based user interface, a low-level virtual machine (LLVM)-based compiler toolchain with a quantum execution environment optimized for running hybrid quantum-classical algorithms and a high-performance Intel Quantum Simulator (IQS) qubit target backend. Future releases will include different qubit target backends including a quantum dot qubit simulator and possibly an Intel quantum dot qubit device as the target backend will also be offered.

Building a quantum ecosystem

Intel lowers the barrier of entry for quantum developers by using the industry-standard LLVM compiler, a friendlier interface familiar to mainstream computer developers. Beta users include the Deggendorf Institute of Technology in Munich, Germany, which is using the SDK to explore a fluid dynamics problem important to
aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, and Leidos, which explores applications such as computational chemistry and materials modeling, as well as distributed computing with data privacy and security.

Additionally, Intel is funding a program to help create an ecosystem of developers to begin exploring programming applications for quantum computing. Universities will develop and share quantum course curricula to multiply the use of the Intel Quantum SDK. Universities that received Intel grants this year include Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, and Keio University in Japan. .

Source: Intel


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