Baidu unveils quantum computer, all-platform integration solution

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By Rich Pell

Technology company Baidu has announced its first superconducting quantum computer that fully integrates hardware, software, and applications. In addition, the company has also introduced what it claims is the world’s first all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution that provides access to various quantum chips via mobile app, PC, and cloud.

This new offering, says the company, paves the way for the long-awaited industrialization of quantum computing. Dubbed “Qian Shi,” the industry-level superconducting quantum computer incorporates its hardware platform with Baidu’s home-grown software stack. On top of this infrastructure are numerous practical quantum applications, such as quantum algorithms used to design new materials for novel lithium batteries or simulate protein folding.

Qian Shi is offered as providing a stable and substantial quantum computing service to the public with high-fidelity 10 quantum bits (qubits) of power. In addition, says the company, it has recently completed the design of a 36-qubit superconducting quantum chip with couplers, which demonstrates promising simulation results across key metrics.

As quantum computing continues to progress, a large number of enterprises are exploring how quantum computing will contribute to their real-world businesses. This has led to the development of “Liang Xi,” the world’s first all-platform quantum hardware-software integration solution that offers versatile quantum services through private deployment, cloud services, and hardware access.

Liang Xi is able to plug into Qian Shi and other third-party quantum computers, including a 10-qubit superconducting quantum device and a trapped ion quantum device developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Users can conveniently visit these quantum computational resources via mobile app, PC, and cloud.

“With Qian Shi and Liang Xi, users can create quantum algorithms and use quantum computing power without developing their own quantum hardware, control systems, or programming languages,” says Dr. Runyao Duan, Director of the Institute for Quantum Computing at Baidu Research. “Baidu’s innovations make it possible to access quantum computing anytime and anywhere, even via smartphone. Baidu’s platform is also instantly compatible with a wide range of quantum chips, meaning ‘plug-and-play’ access is now a reality.”



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