Horizon Quantum raises $3.23M for its quantum software development tools

Horizon Quantum raises $3.23M for its quantum software development tools

Horizon Quantum is a part of a brand new crop of startups that target constructing new instruments for constructing software program for quantum computer systems. The Singapore-based firm, which is hardware-agnostic but in addition launched a detailed partnership with Rigetti Computing in 2018, right now introduced that it has raised a $3.23 million funding spherical led by Sequoia Capital India. Previous buyers SGInnovate, Abies Ventures, DCVC, Qubit Protocol, Summer Capital and Posa CV additionally participated.

At its core, Horizon Quantum goals to democratize quantum improvement. Because there’s little or no about quantum computing that’s intuitive, the corporate argues, it can take a brand new set of instruments to assist right now’s builders deal with quantum. What makes Horizon distinctive is that it takes typical supply code after which robotically analyzes that to determine the place a quantum pc might pace up an algorithm. Right now, the corporate can establish potential speedups in code written for Matlab and Octave.

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“The typical method to growing quantum functions is to explicitly specify the person steps of a quantum algorithm, or to make use of a library the place such express steps are specified. What makes our method distinctive is that we assemble quantum algorithms immediately from typical supply code, robotically figuring out locations the place it may be sped up,” defined Si-Hui Tan, the chief science officer at Horizon Quantum. “Everything that pertains to quantum mechanics occurs under-the-hood and on-the-fly in our compiler. This automation is what alleviates the necessity for any quantum data. All our customers should do is to supply their program in a standard programming language.”

Horizon Quantum raises 3.23M for its quantum software development tools

Horizon Quantum’s Joe Fitzsimons (CEO) and Si-Hui Tan (CSO).

At the identical time, the corporate’s instruments additionally make life for skilled quantum software program builders simpler by giving them the instruments to write down extra succinct code that can also be robotically optimized for the underlying quantum processors.

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“We’re constructing a compiler that may go all the way in which from typical, classical, code all the way down to the management indicators despatched to the quantum {hardware},” Quantum Horizon CEO Joe Fitzsimons advised me in an electronic mail. “We’re nonetheless constructing, and we’ve so much nonetheless to do, however we’ve demonstrated key elements of the expertise, from figuring out speedups in classical code all the way down to characterising and mitigating errors in quantum processors. Our hope is that it’s going to make quantum computing extra simply accessible for the tens of millions of software program builders on the market, and can permit us to leverage quantum computing in new domains (we particularly take into consideration domains like geophysics for the vitality sector and computational fluid dynamics for aerospace and automotive sectors).”

The firm says it can use the brand new funding to assist deliver its expertise to market and interact with its early prospects.

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