Microsoft brings its quantum dev kit to macOS, Linux; new kind of qubit this year

Microsoft brings its quantum dev kit to macOS, Linux; new kind of qubit this year

May 16, 2018 Off By gabbyabir

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Microsoft released the first version of its quantum development kit and a new quantum computing programming language Q# last December. Today, the company has released an update that adds support for quantum development on macOS and Linux. Both the Q# language, and the company’s quantum simulator, will run on these platforms in addition to Windows.

The new release of the simulator is much faster than the first release, with the company saying that it runs four to five times faster, especially on simulations with 20 or more qubits.

The quantum libraries and samples are now available under an open source license—the source to these was previously merely shared—enabling others to modify and extend them. Interoperability with existing libraries is also being improved: Microsoft is working on integrating Python support. On Windows, today’s release includes a preview of the Python integration, which allows Q# programs to call Python code and vice versa.

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