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Rigetti (and Others) Pursuit of Quantum Advantage

Last week quantum computing pioneer Rigetti Computing announced a $1 million prize for the first conclusive demonstration of quantum advantage performed on its also just-announced Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services (QCS) platform (See HPCwire coverage of the announcement). Rigetti, you may recall, is Lilliputian compared to its better-known rivals (IBM, Google, Microsoft, Alibaba) in the race to develop quantum computers yet has muscled its way into the thick of the quantum computing race.

Founded in 2013 by former IBMer Chad Rigetti, and based in Berkeley, CA, Rigetti bills itself as a full stack quantum company with its own fabrication and testing facilities as well as a datacenter. Headcount is roughly 120 and its efforts span hardware and a complete software environment (Forest). The state of the hardware technology at Rigetti today is a new 16-bit quantum processor whose architecture, Rigetti says, will scale to 128 qubits by around this time next year. The $1M prize and cloud services platform just introduced are efforts to stoke activity among applications developers and potential channel partners. They’ll share more details about the Quantum Advantage Prize on Oct 30th. Stay tuned!

Here you can consult an interview with Will Zeng, Rigetti head of evangelism and special products, about the quantum advantages within Rigetti.

Rigetti Computing’s full stack