Nvidia Company revealed last week in its annual developer conference (GTC) a new collaboration with another Israeli Company, Classiq from Tel-Aviv, who provides a platform for creating quantum software algorithms. Within this cooperation, Classiq’s platform integrates with Nvidia’s quantum simulator. This integration will allow Classiq’s customers to run their quantum application on the simulator, perform stress-tests, debugging and optimization – without the need to use real quantum machine.
At this time Nvidia doesn’t develop quantum hardware, but it developed the cuQuantum simulator, which simulate quantum computer processing capabilities of dozens of qubits. This simulator is based in its operations on a supercomputer composed of hundreds of GTX A100 processors and Tensor Core GPUs. This simulator is capable of performing billions of parallel computations and simulates quantum computing processes such as superposition and entanglement. It provides the capability of running, on a classic machine, quantum algorithms and is used by researchers and developers in developing and verifying quantum applications.
In last December, Nvidia launched its Software Development Kit (SDK), based on the company’s Selene supercomputer which is capable of running (for particular type algorithms) simulations with a scale of thousands of qubits. Nvidia reported lately that it successfully ran the optimization problem MaxCut, which is considered impossible to solve using a classical computer, but only using a quantum computer. In order to solve the problem, Nvidia used 896 GPUs that simulated 1,688 qubits.
Verify algorithms without any noise
In a conversation with Techtime says Amir Naveh, Classiq’s co-founder and Head of Algorithms that “this collaboration was born earlier in the simulator development phase. Our platform allows for the creation large-scale quantum circuits, which the customers may test directly through the simulator. The existing intermediate-scale quantum computers are still noisy, and this simulator is currently the only way a developer can test its algorithms in a cost effective, clean method”.
Classiq developing CAD solutions that will make it possible to write applications for quantum computers. Nir Minerbi, Classiq co-founder and CEO, told Techtime in an earlier interview: “The quantum revolution consists of two things: hardware and software. Nowadays it is almost impossible to develop applications for a quantum computer, since you have to program at the logic gate level. It’s like designing a chip at the transistor level. We build the tools that allow developing applications at a higher level of abstraction. The next layer in the quantum stack.”
Recently, Classiq launched its proprietary platform’s Beta version which allows, for the first time in the industry, to compose functional algorithms for Quantum computers. The company made the new platform available to several customers, and intends to expand the beta version access to several dozen customers in the next few months.