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   597

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 to Launch Blockchain Partnership in Taiwan

Microsoft Taiwan, Digital China and Hot Cool plan to use blockchain to improve the financial, e-commerce, entertainment, and other industries
04 July 2018   168

A subsidiary of the technological giant Microsoft Taiwan announced a blockchain cooperation with Chinese companies Digital China and Hot Cool. This is reported by CCN.

The Alliance will implement the technology of the distributed registry in the areas of finance, e-commerce and entertainment.

Taiwan has first-class engineering and technical talents, and their innovative thinking cannot be underestimated. At the same time, it carries a solid manufacturing and R&D foundation, plus Excellent geographical location, with the superior conditions for the development of blockchain application, I believe that Microsoft’s tooling in the strategic layout of the blockchain, and citing the global partner resources, is bound to be the vision of the industrial application of the blockchain.

Sun Jikang

General manager, Microsoft Taiwan

The companies plan to create new solutions in the cloud services of Microsoft Azure Blockchain Workbench and MPS from Hot Cool. According to the general manager of Microsoft Taiwan Sun Jikang, these platforms will improve the computing power and security of the blockchain products that Digital China will supply.

CEO Digital China Sana Yutao believes that the Azure Blockchain Workbench service will reduce the time to create a blockchain-infrastructure in China.

As part of the cooperation, Hot Cool will act as an intermediary between state and corporate cloud providers.