Microsoft is interested in quantum computing

One of the largest IT company is the world shows interest to the computer of the future
26 September 2017   1301

Microsoft discussed its progress in creation of a quantum computer and giving developers tools to experiment with this new computing paradigm on existing machines.

Microsoft has a quatum computing lab in Santa Barbara, called Station Q. The main idea of the lab is to create a commercial quatum computer. Microsoft is still in thoughts - whether sell the device or make it available thru Azure service. Every quatum computer needs a classic computer to control it and a data center. 

Microsoft Research Station Q, located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara, was founded in 2005. Station Q's collaborators explore theoretical and experimental approaches to creating the quantum analog of the traditional bit—the qubit. The group is led by Dr. Michael Freedman, a renowned mathematician who has won the prestigious Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics.

A real quatum computer is still far away in the future. But developers will soon be able to run Microsoft’s simulator on their own machine. According to TechCrunch, the Microsoft developed a new programming language for writing these quantum applications.

We like to talk about co-development. We are developing those [the hardware and software stack] together so that you’re really feeding back information between the software and the hardware as we learn, and this means that we can really develop a very optimized solution.

Krysta Svore
Microsoft team

The programming language takes its key concepts for C#, F#, Python and other languages, but with the addition of new features for accessing the features of a quantum computer.

All of these software tools is planned to be available by the end of the year. They are not planned to be open source. 

Microsoft & EEA to Create Token Taxonomy Initiative

As reported, EEA intends to act as a platform for the the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consorti
18 April 2019   149

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) blockchain consortium launched a project with Microsoft to help businesses develop and create tokens to solve specific problems.

The EEA intends to act as a platform for the Token Taxonomy Initiative, which involves the Hyperledger, R3 and Digital Asset Holdings consortia. At the same time, IBM and Intel, JP Morgan financial holding, ConsenSys blockchain start-up and many others will participate in the project.

According to Ron Reznick, Director General of the EEA, various seminars will be available to specialists as well as the GitHub repository as part of the initiative. Already existing tokens on different blockchains will be tested, and then reduced to a single standard.

Microsoft Chief Architect Marley Gray noted that during his work with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and EEA, he often encountered various industry consortia that spent a lot of time trying to understand “how best tokenize, for example, a barrel of oil”.

Thus, as part of the initiative, it is planned to create a token constructor so that any person, even without being a technical specialist, can explain to developers what he wants from an asset.

Last year, EEA and another leading blockchain consortium Hyperledger announced a partnership that provides for the creation of uniform standards for corporate distributed networks developed by the participants of these two organizations.