Microsoft Quantum Team is announcing the Microsoft Quantum Network
Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of Azure Hardware Systems Group at Microsoft, speaking to the Microsoft Quantum Network.
28 Feb 2019 Redmond - Creating a scalable quantum computer will require the collective effort of many skilled and diverse teams. To reach that goal, over the past few years Microsoft has built a coalition of partners, universities, customers, and developers, all with the goal of sharing knowledge and collaborating with the best quantum innovators.
At the inaugural Startup Summit, Microsoft has formalized that coalition as the Microsoft Quantum Network. This global community of individuals and organisations will work directly with Microsoft to advance quantum computing, develop practical applications, and build the quantum workforce of the future.
"The Microsoft Quantum Network is our commitment to establishing the partnerships required to build the quantum workforce and the quantum economy", Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of Azure Hardware Systems Group at Microsoft, stated during the summit. "We believe both are vital to solving some of the world's toughest problems."
Microsoft previously announced partnerships with some of the world's leading start-up talent in quantum software and algorithm development. At the Startup Summit, Microsoft welcomed two new partners:
- HQS Quantum Simulations develops quantum algorithms for predicting molecular properties for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
- Rahko is a quantum machinelearning company developing scalable quantum chemistry solutions for near-term quantum computers and beyond.
HQS Quantum Simulations and Rahko will join other quantum start-ups who are working closely with Microsoft to build practical applications and accelerate the adoption of quantum computing. Quantum Network start-ups also benefit from a partnership with Microsoft for Startups to help them grow their businesses, build innovative solutions, and connect to valuable resources.
Other segments of the Microsoft Quantum Network are the following:
- Affiliate organisations have engaged directly with Microsoft to advance their expertise in quantum computing and jointly develop solutions that benefit their organisation and industry. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) are examples of organisations collaborating with Microsoft on many solutions in the areas of optimization and chemistry.
- Centres dedicated to research, development, and educational excellence have partnered with Microsoft to pursue the advancement of quantum computing. Today, Microsoft is performing quantum research alongside some of the best and brightest minds at Purdue University, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Copenhagen, TU Delft, and the University of Sydney. At these locations, Microsoft has established Microsoft Quantum Labs where the research teams are advancing Microsoft Quantum research goals while also serving as scientific collaborators and partners with the quantum community.
- Developers and organisations have created their own quantum algorithms and applications with Microsoft's free resources, including the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit, tutorials, Q# libraries, samples, and workshops. Developers have now downloaded the Quantum Development Kit more than 100,000 times.
It will take a diverse set of skills across academia and industry to help develop the world's first scalable quantum computer and quantum applications.