Xanadu receives DARPA grant to develop new quantum compiler for NISQ-based machines
TORONTO, July 20, 2021 – Xanadu, a full-stack quantum computing company that develops quantum hardware and software solutions, has received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The grant will allow Xanadu to develop a unique general-purpose ‘circuit breaker’ compiler that can automatically decompose a circuit into a hybrid multicircuit model, taking advantage of both classical and quantum computing, which will be ideal for professionals. short-term quantum computers. .
“With PennyLane, these complex hybrid models can be run for the user seamlessly on quantum hardware or simulators of their choice.” said Nathan Killoran, who leads the Quantum Software & Algorithms team at Xanadu. “Using these tools, we plan to run quantum algorithms that would natively require over 100 qubits using quantum hardware and simulators containing only 10 to 30 qubits.”
Xanadu created one of the world’s first open source software platforms for quantum computers, known as PennyLane. PennyLane allows users to connect quantum computing hardware and software from major hardware vendors including Xanadu, IBM, Google, IonQ, Rigetti, and Microsoft.
Xanadu will draw on the expertise of its in-house team of dedicated quantum programmers and scientists, whose work in quantum computing is recognized worldwide, to complete the DARPA-funded research project over a twenty-four month period. . “If successful, this project will have a large impact on the entire community working with current quantum computers,” said Christian Weedbrook, founder and CEO of the company. “This will allow anyone to perform quantum computations on a larger scale than they currently can, without the need for access to more powerful quantum processors.”
This is Xanadu’s second grant from DARPA, after successfully completing a first grant on Quantum Machine Learning using PennyLane.
Xanadu is a Canadian quantum computing company whose mission is to build quantum computers that are useful and accessible to people around the world. Founded in 2016, Xanadu builds a fault-tolerant quantum computer using silicon photonic hardware and provides users with access to short-term quantum devices through the Xanadu Quantum Cloud.