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The Rigetti 128-qubit chip — What it means for quantum

Chad Rigetti writes that his company is building a 128-qubit quantum computer over the next 12 months. The company has already built the 128-qubit processing chip. If successful, it could be the world’s most powerful quantum computer and it could have the chance to outpace traditional supercomputers. “To drive practical use of quantum computing today, we must be able to scale and improve the performance of the chips and connect them to the electronics on which they run — which has proven to be one of the most challenging aspects of quantum computing.”

Rigetti Computing Releases Forest 1.3 Quantum Software Platform

Rigetti Computing has released a new version of Forest, their quantum software platform. Forest 1.3 offers upgraded developer tools, improved stability, and faster execution. “Starting today, researchers using Forest will be upgraded to version 1.3, which provides better tools for optimizing and debugging quantum programs. The upgrade also provides greater stability in our quantum processor (QPU), which will let researchers run more powerful quantum programs. Forest is the easiest and most powerful way to build quantum applications today. We believe the combination of one of the most powerful gate-model quantum computers, cutting-edge classical hardware, and our unique hybrid classical/quantum architecture creates the clearest and shortest path toward the demonstration of unequivocal quantum advantage.”

New Paper looks at Unsupervised Machine Learning on Rigetti 19Q Quantum Computer

Over at Rigetti Computing, Will Zeng writes that the company has published a new white paper on unsupervised machine learning using 19Q, their new 19-qubit general purpose superconducting quantum processor. To accomplish this, they used a quantum/classical hybrid algorithm for clustering developed at Rigetti.

Radio Free HPC Catches up with Quantum Computing News

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some new developments in the Quantum Computing ecosystem. Last week, IEEE approved a new Standards Project for Quantum Computing Definitions. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley Startup Rigetti Computing has teamed up the CDL incubator to boost the Quantum Machine Learning Startup ecosystem.

Rigetti Computing helps Foster Quantum Machine Learning Startup Ecosystem

While practical Quantum Computing remains somewhere in the future, it is already starting to spark new Startup opportunities. “Quantum machine learning will power some of the most impactful and exciting near-term applications of quantum computing. The startups at the CDL are at the leading edge of this technology and will get early access to Rigetti’s general-purpose quantum hardware and to Forest, one of the most sophisticated quantum programming environments in the world,” said Madhav Thattai, Chief Strategy Officer, Rigetti. “We’re looking forward to working with these pioneering individuals and teams to help create and accelerate the quantum application ecosystem.”

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. “Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and chief executive officer of Rigetti Computing. “This is the next generation of advanced computing technology. The potential to make a positive impact on humanity is enormous.”