Azure Quantum Service Gives Access to Rigetti Quantum Computers

Rigetti Computing, a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing, has announced a partnership with Microsoft to supply Rigetti quantum machines to Azure Quantum service users through the cloud. When the Rigetti system is fully operational, it will be the biggest quantum computer available on Azure Quantum. The integration is expected to be finished and available to users in the first quarter of 2022.

Rigetti quantum computers employ superconducting qubits, a technological approach that has been demonstrated to offer quicker execution speeds and more scaling than other commercially available quantum computing systems.

The performance qualities of Rigetti quantum computers position them to possibly aid in the solution of a wide range of useful issues in domains such as machine learning, drug discovery, renewable energy, logistics optimization, and financial simulations.

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

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Photo Taryn Naidu, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rigetti
“Microsoft has fostered an impressive community of quantum developers and researchers. Together, we can power a new generation of algorithms that chart the path toward quantum advantage,” said Taryn Naidu, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rigetti.

Rigetti machines will be programmable by Azure Quantum developers utilizing common quantum software frameworks. Rigetti is showing a quantum chemistry algorithm utilizing QIR, Microsoft’s quantum intermediate representation, operating on a Rigetti quantum computer via the cloud, this week at Q2B 2021, the top conference for the quantum computing industry. Rigetti and Microsoft are working together as part of the QIR Alliance to enable interoperability inside the quantum environment and reduce development costs for all stakeholders.

“We’re excited to bring the speed and scale of Rigetti quantum computers to the Azure Quantum marketplace,” said Taryn Naidu, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rigetti. “Microsoft has fostered an impressive community of quantum developers and researchers. Together, we can power a new generation of algorithms that chart the path toward quantum advantage.”

About Rigetti

Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing pioneer. Chad Rigetti launched Rigetti Computing in 2013 and now employs over 140 individuals across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Since 2017, the business has been running quantum computers in the cloud, and its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform serves worldwide enterprise, government, and research clients.

The company’s patented quantum-classical architecture integrates with public and private clouds and features ultra-low latency for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti Computing has created a multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. Fab-1, a dedicated and integrated quantum device production facility, is where the business designs and manufactures its chips in-house.

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