To fill the fast-increasing number of openings in quantum, copying and pasting even the most expert knowledge of classical computers into the quantum world won't exactly cut it. System architects, software engineers, data analysts -- at first glance, the jobs that are hot in the quantum computing sector don't sound all that different from the tech roles we're already familiar with. Which deal with the classical computers we know well, from smartphones to supercomputers. But to fill the burgeoning opportunities in quantum, transferring even the most expert knowledge of classical computers into the quantum world just won't cut it. In this special feature, ZDNet examines technology's role in helping business leaders build tomorrow's workforce, and employees keep their skills up to date and grow their careers.
Qiskit Metal is an open-source platform that automates parts of the design process for quantum chips. Building the hardware that underpins quantum computers might not sound like everybody's cup of tea, but IBM is determined to make the idea sound less challenging. The company has announced the general availability of Qiskit Metal, an open-source platform that automates parts of the design process for quantum chips, and which IBM promised will now let "anyone" design quantum hardware. Big Blue detailed the progress made with Metal since the tool was first announced late last year as part of the company's larger Qiskit portfolio, which provides open-source tools for creating programs that can run on IBM's cloud-based quantum devices. While most of Qiskit's resources focus on building applications that can be executed on quantum machines, Metal targets a brand-new audience, providing software to help design the components that make up the hardware itself.
The advent of quantum computers has required software solutions of a certain level to provide the essential basis for a quantum development environment for everyone. IBM, with its latest open-source software development kit, Qiskit, aims to create a programming environment where the complexity of the underlying technology is no longer a problem for users. In the future, a program will have to employ vast quantum and classical resources, and the solution will therefore have to be optimized at the speed of light. In an interview with EE Times, Blake Johnson, Quantum Platform Lead at IBM Quantum, pointed out that quantum technology is showing huge success and the software foundation needs to be laid for extensive use in the future. The Qiskit project is an open-source framework for working with quantum circuits and algorithms.
As summer 2021 comes to a close, we want to reflect on the work of IBM Quantum interns this year and begin planning for summer 2022 internships. We have high expectations for what interns will accomplish during their time here with IBM Quantum, and we are always impressed with their work and their impact. IBM Quantum interns make meaningful contributions to our roadmap for scaling quantum technology and our roadmap for building an open quantum software ecosystem. So, whether you are a developer, an engineer, or a researcher, we have opportunities for you to come build the future of quantum with us. Our full-stack approach delivers the best of IBM's quantum computing systems together with the most-complete suite of quantum software tools and cloud services; while the community of users we support is the most active quantum computing community in the world.
Working with real quantum computers just got easier for experts in chemistry, artificial intelligence, and optimization. Building on QISKit, our open source quantum information science kit for software development, we've released ACQUA -- Algorithms and Circuits for Quantum Applications. This new open source software allows classical computer applications to send complex operations to be run on quantum computers, over the cloud. Let me start by explaining the quantum software stack, and where QISKit and ACQUA fit. At the lowest level is the hardware where the qubits sit at the very cold temperature of 15 mK.