New IonQ quantum computer coming to Microsoft Azure

New IonQ quantum computer coming to Microsoft Azure

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Quantum computing company IonQ has announced that it had signed an agreement with Microsoft to bring IonQ Aria to the Azure Quantum platform.
By Rich Pell

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The partnership will add IonQ Aria, the company’s latest quantum system, to the cloud platform, which already features the company’s prior generation of systems among the lineup of available hardware. IonQ Aria is the company’s most advanced commercially available quantum computer, featuring 20 Algorithmic Qubits (#AQ), and is claimed to be the industry’s most powerful quantum computer based on standard application-oriented industry benchmarks.

Through this partnership, says the company, anyone with an internet connection will be able to harness IonQ Aria’s abilities, furthering the democratization of quantum computing.

“We’re excited to bring IonQ Aria’s leading capabilities to more customers through Microsoft Azure and our Expanded Beta program,” says IonQ President and CEO Peter Chapman. “We believe the future of quantum computing relies on getting the power of today’s systems into the hands of as many people as possible, and building on our existing partnership with Microsoft is an important step along that path.”

The announcement also marks IonQ Aria’s entry into an expanded beta program, where select early access partners have already been using the system to solve problems in financial modeling, electric vehicle battery chemistry and more. Now, says the company, additional customers are beginning to use the leading hardware to explore applications ranging from quantum machine learning to logistics.

“Azure Quantum helps customers learn, explore, and develop for quantum impact with an open, unified cloud ecosystem, and with the addition of IonQ’s Aria, offers even more capabilities and hardware diversity,” says Dr. Krysta Svore, Distinguished Engineer, VP Quantum Software at Microsoft. “The innovators on our platform will benefit from IonQ Aria’s ability to execute quantum circuits with more gates, pursuing the development and exploration of larger quantum programs.”

Earlier this quarter, IonQ announced a partnership with Hyundai Motor to design quantum algorithms to simulate battery chemistry in electric vehicles. The company has previously announced collaborations with GE Research to tackle risk mitigation and with Goldman Sachs on Monte Carlo simulations for financial applications like pricing options.

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