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Azure Quantum and Classiq collaborate to offer researchers and educators accelerated quantum algorithm design

Today, Classiq and Microsoft launched a quantum research and education program that offers educational institutions access to Classiq’s state-of-the-art Quantum software platform coupled with Azure Quantum cloud access to diverse quantum hardware.

This educational collaboration is an important building block in Microsoft’s strategy to bring quantum at scale to the world. By empowering educators, researchers and students with leading quantum technologies on the Azure Quantum platform, we are helping accelerate the collective innovation needed to ultimately achieve impact with quantum at scale.

Classiq, which provides a leading platform for designing, analyzing, and executing quantum circuits, selected Azure Quantum to be its launch partner for its global academic program. Through integration with Azure Quantum, Classiq enables university professors, students, and researchers to speed up algorithm design on quantum computers, bypassing quantum assembly-level language so that users can focus on designing applications instead of gate-level code.

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In addition to designing state-of-the-art circuits for near-term quantum devices, Classiq’s synthesis engine allows researchers to easily explore large complex quantum circuits. The circuits, generated in QIR code, can then be sent to Azure Quantum’s resource estimation service, providing practitioners and classrooms critical insight with respect to designing quantum applications for the fault-tolerant quantum computers of tomorrow.

Azure Quantum and Classiq collaborate to empower educators worldwide

Azure Quantum was the natural choice for Classiq to collaborate with as its academic program launch partner.

“The combined offering seamlessly pairs Classiq’s easy-to-use software design platform with Azure Quantum’s robust portfolio of NISQ hardware, resource estimator, and hybrid quantum computing features. The pairing enables quantum researchers and educators to focus on application development uninhibited by low-level code. This program reflects Classiq and Azure Quantum’s deep and shared commitment to invest in global workforce development.”

—Nir Minerbi, Co-Founder and CEO of Classiq

The combined offering will empower professors worldwide, including those already in Classiq and Azure Quantum’s networks across leading institutions, to teach courses and conduct research in all aspects of quantum computing.

“In order to make quantum computing a success, we need a strong interplay between hardware and software. Designing quantum software at the functional level and executing it on multiple QPUs will advance both quantum research and education. The collaboration between Classiq and Microsoft aims at exactly that and will pave the way towards a quantum computing ecosystem capable of solving some of the future’s most important challenges.”

—Dr. Robert Wille, Technical University of Munich Professor and Chair for Design Automation of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Arts

The joint offering accelerates quantum software education by providing an advanced platform for automated quantum software design, with seamless execution on quantum hardware.

“The Classiq platform’s ability to simplify complex quantum circuits through visualization and automation, in fact, mirrors Classiq’s integration approach with Azure Quantum. Users access the best of Classiq’s quantum circuit design software and Azure Quantum’s cloud-based endpoints and capabilities through a single, simple-to-use Classiq interface and workspace.”

—Fabrice Frachon, Azure Quantum Principal Program Manager

Azure Quantum is ready to meet learners and practitioners wherever they are in their quantum journey. This new academic program supports application development-focused teams, with only nominal quantum software programming experience required. Because of its functional descriptive approach, Classiq makes it easy to upskill domain experts with little quantum experience and integrate them into high-performing quantum teams.

This global program expands the research and learning applications of Azure Quantum as well as the Azure Quantum for Educators portfolio of approaches, resources, and tools to facilitate the critical objective of skilling up a quantum-ready workforce.

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