Quantum Development Kit to Receive Chemical Library

Quantum Development Kit is a package of quantum development tools that has integrated emulator that can simulate about 30 logical qubits on a typical laptop
26 September 2018   905

Microsoft announced the release of an add-on for the Quantum Development Kit. The new library is designed to simulate chemical processes. According to the representatives of the company, the development is capable of handling large-scale tasks in the field of chemistry, solving issues related to agriculture or climate change. This is reported by TechCrunch.

The supplement can be used in conjunction with the NWChem tool developed by the Department of Energy's US Department of Energy for the calculation of chemical processes. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), specializing in research in the field of chemistry and data analysis, participated in the implementation of the new library.

At the end of 2017, Microsoft released Quantum Development Kit, a package of quantum development tools. The tool allows developers to try out programming for quantum computers using standard machines. The company claims that the integrated emulator can simulate about 30 logical qubits on a typical laptop. Using the cloud platform Azure, a power of more than 40 qubits can be achieved.

Quantum Development Kit from Microsoft is built into the Visual Studio IDE. The company claims that the code developed with the help of the package can be implemented on a real quantum computer without any changes. Microsoft created a special language to develop programs - Q #.

Some experts say that quantum computers will allow humanity to solve problems related to the lack of food on the planet or global climate changes. Computing devices based on qubits are many times faster than classical ones. However, the specialists encountered problems in the implementation of the hardware. Most quantum technologies require special environmental conditions and are subject to frequent calculation errors.

Oracle & Microsoft to Connect Their Clouds

This is a unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors; now users can easily migrate from one platform to another
06 June 2019   459

Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership: their cloud services will now be directly connected. Users can easily migrate from one platform to another, or run Azure services using databases stored on the Oracle cloud.

As TechCrunch notes, this is a rather unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors.

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.

Don Johnson

Executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

The fact is that Oracle is very small compared to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Cooperation with Microsoft will help the company to reach a higher level and continue to develop its own services simultaneously. And Microsoft will get customers who have no place on Oracle servers.