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Microsoft's Azure Quantum to provide Rigetti quantum computers in the cloud next year

The Rigetti quantum computer

The quantum computing company, Rigetti, has announced that its full-stack quantum computing solution will be available on Microsoft's Azure Quantum service in the first quarter of 2022. Rigetti’s use of superconducting qubits apparently gives its computer quicker execution times and greater scaling when compared with other commercially available quantum computing solutions.

Commenting on the news, Krysta Svore, General Manager of Microsoft Quantum, said:

“Rigetti’s scalable approach to superconducting quantum computers will create new opportunities for the Azure Quantum development community. We’re working closely with Rigetti to deliver hybrid quantum-classical computing with the performance to tackle problems that were previously out of reach.”

In related news, Rigetti is at Q2B 2021, a quantum computing conference, this week and it will be demonstrating a quantum chemistry algorithm using Microsoft’s quantum intermediate representation (QIR), running on a Rigetti quantum computer in the cloud. Through the QIR Alliance, both Rigetti and Microsoft are working to make quantum computing more interoperable which will reduce development work for all those in the space.

These developments are yet another step towards ‘quantum advantage’ where quantum computers perform tasks that no classical computer can in a feasible amount of time. Last week, IDC predicted quantum computing spending would reach $8.6 billion in 2027 and that classical computing will ‘run out of steam’.

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