Microsoft open sources quantum growth equipment

Microsoft is trying to open up the quantum ecosystem to consultants, growth and researchers with the announcement that its quantum growth equipment (QDK) is now open sourced.

Microsoft hopes quantum computing shall be used to assist world challenges resembling clear power options and resource-efficient meals manufacturing. It is already working with Case Western Reserve University to advance MRI scanning for greater accuracy.

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“The collective contributions of our quantum community will drive the necessary software advances, from the algorithms that will unlock applications to the tools that will enable the optimization necessary to overcome hardware constraints, so that together we can solve planet-scale challenges,” the Microsoft quantum workforce wrote in a publish.

The unique QDK was launched 18 months in the past and it consists of the Q# quantum programming language and compiler. The QDK additionally consists of growth setting extensions for VS and VS Code, integration with the Jupyter platform and sources resembling simulators and useful resource estimators to assist builders contribute.

“One of places Microsoft is being really forward-thinking is in quantum computing and I think that we’re probably right in the very infancy of quantum computing being the next big wave. We’re still probably five to ten years away from it revolutionizing but it’ll be as big as data science,” mentioned Patrick Hynds, former Microsoft Regional Director and MVP and present CEO of DTS.

Hynds added that it’s tough to seek out individuals who have the abilities in quantum computing, however Microsoft is making it simpler via the Q# language that builders can use to program towards their simulators.

“These recent updates to the QDK, ranging from our open-source efforts to our new ‘no install’ option, are designed to make it easier than ever for you to engage with and contribute to our quantum initiatives,” Microsoft wrote.