Quantum Algorithms Institute and Xanadu Partner to Increase Quantum Computing Talent Pool

Xanadu also announced a partnership with semiconductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries.

Two Canadian quantum computing giants are teaming up. The Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) and Xanadu are partnering to help build a skilled, forward-thinking workforce in British Columbia and Canada.

QAI is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates collaboration between industry, academia and government in British Columbia.

Part of QAI’s mission is to develop a strong talent pool in quantum information science. The QAI said this will accelerate as students gain access to hardware, software and expertise from Toronto-based startup Xanadu in quantum computing.

Students will also have access to PennyLane, Xanadu’s open source software library, which will aid them in their learning of coding quantum computing algorithms.

As part of the training materials and course developed by Xanadu and QAI, students will be able to work on real-world problems alongside QAI’s industry and government partners in BC, giving students an authentic perspective on computing. quantum.

Students will have access to PennyLane, Xanadu’s open source software library, as well as hardware and quantum expertise.

“QAI and Xanadu share a common vision: Canada being the premier quantum computing powerhouse,” said Nathan Killoran, Head of Software and Algorithms at Xanadu and Lead Developer at PennyLane. “This vision begins today, ensuring that world-class Canadian students are exposed to the latest ideas and developments in quantum computing and can gain relevant hands-on experience with the latest technologies and software.

The QAI called for new partner companies in September 2021 who wanted to integrate quantum technologies within their companies.

Based in Burnaby, at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University, the QAI has announced that it is looking for British Columbia companies interested in exploring the potential applications of quantum computing in structured, chemical and software engineering. .

The QAI plans to provide more than 50 quantum experts as well as university students and graduates with different levels of training and expertise.

The Government of British Columbia founded the QAI in 2020 with an investment of C$17 million.

Xanadu also announced a collaboration with semiconductor maker GlobalFoundries (GF) to take the first steps toward high-volume manufacturing of photonics chips for universal and fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Using the GF Fotonix platform, Xanadu is currently designing integrated photonic devices, used for the implementation of quantum error correction, for the fabrication of 300 mm wafers.

Error correction is an essential procedure for achieving fault tolerance, which is necessary to fulfill the promise of quantum computing to solve computational problems previously considered intractable, according to the quantum computing startup.

Xanadu says the exponential increase in computing power will transform a wide range of industries, driving major breakthroughs in everything from cancer therapeutics to high-performance battery materials.

The first fully functional devices designed by Xanadu and manufactured by GF will be ready by the end of 2023.

“Many chips, working in parallel and networked, are needed to process the large number of qubits involved in fault-tolerant quantum computing algorithms,” said Zachary Vernon, hardware manager at Xanadu. “Leveraging an existing advanced 300mm platform like GF Fotonix gives us a huge advantage in the race to deliver a useful, error-corrected quantum computer.”

Xanadu has secured CA$120 million in a Series B funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners in 2021. The startup has raised capital to help accelerate the development of its photonic quantum computer.

Feature image courtesy of Xanadu.

Sharon D. Cole