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Microsoft's New Coding Language Is Made For Quantum Computers

A circuit board.

IBM recently unveiled an initiative to build commercial quantum computers called IBM Q, and has already released its own programming tools via an API called the IBM Quantum Experience.

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Microsoft is integrating traditional programming languages into a new language that could be used to code instructions for quantum computers.

Microsoft's Michael Freedman is attempting to build both hardware and software for a "topological quantum computer." To accomplish this, Microsoft says Freedman has enlisted "some of the world's preeminent condensed-matter and theoretical physicists, materials scientists, mathematicians, and computer scientists."

Although Microsoft also is concentrating on the quantum system's development, the company is issuing the programming tools for developers and computer scientists so coders can become familiar with them.

The programming language will enable users to model problems demanding up to 30 logical quantum bits (qubits), while enterprise customers get 40 qubits of power.

"Developers without quantum expertise can actually call quantum subroutines, or write sequences of programming instructions, working up to writing a complete quantum program," Microsoft notes.

From Engadget
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