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   281

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 Azure will be integrated with Corda

R3 and Microsoft Corp. have agreed on their future partnership
21 November 2017   225

Recently R3 and Microsoft corp. concluded an agreement about deep integration the Corda platform with Azure. This integration will simplify to work for businesses which use computing resources for blockchain networks. And it will provide simple integration of Azure’s services with Corda, for example SQL Database, Key Vault, Express Route, Active Directory. The developers will be able to build their own CorDapps with understandable tools.

Then R3 and Microsoft are going to provide Corda and Azure networks for free access. In this way businesses will be able to easily set up Corda networks. It will reduce time and deployment costs for them. Now available stable Corda’s version 1.0 with stable core application programming interface (API).

Also this agreement means that the Azure is the preferred cloud provider for R3.

A lot of companies around the world use Corda technological platform for development vendoring and system integration.

As an early investor in R3, Commonwealth Bank has developed deep experience in distributed ledger technologies, and our early adoption of cloud technology has delivered significant benefits to our organisation and our customers. Deeper integration of the Corda platform with Azure will enable CBA to better scale our distributed ledger experimentation and help keep CBA at the forefront of technology innovation in financial services.

Dilan Rajasingham, Head of Emerging Technology at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

For the first time R3 and Microsoft corp. started talking about cooperation at last year. Now 60 partners companies join in the network which includes R3, Microsoft corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel.