D-fine and Planqc to support ALQU in the development of compiler software for quantum computers

We are pleased to have expert support for our ALQU project: The consulting firm D-fine and the quantum computer manufacturer planqc have won our tender and will now develop novel compiler software for our quantum computing hardware as part of ALQU. Their contribution will enable the efficient use of our quantum computers by DLR QCI application projects and DLR Institutes and strengthen the entire quantum computing ecosystem through their research and development work. With their experience in software programming, platform development, hardware proximity and existing expertise in compilation strategies, D-fine and Planqc are ideally suited for the implementation of an integration platform along the entire quantum compiler stack.

Specifically, D-fine and Planqc will implement compilers developed by ALQU for our quantum computers in a software package in order to make the new computing resources available to other projects, the DLR Institutes and other external partners via our remote access project CLIQUE. CLIQUE enables low-threshold access to the execution of quantum algorithms on our quantum computers and simulated hardware.

A bridge between hardware and software

Anyone who needs to develop applications with a quantum advantage will — for the foreseeable future — not be able to avoid a close codesign of hardware and software: the key figures and error models of the real hardware must be incorporated into the algorithms and, conversely, the hardware must specifically support the efficient execution of the algorithms and applications. With the ALQU project of the DLR Institute of Software Technology, we are building precisely this bridge between hardware and software: it aims at the efficient compilation of quantum circuits on quantum computing hardware and the development of customised quantum algorithms for difficult, industry-relevant computing problems. To this end, ALQU also involves companies for the targeted development of applications in hardware/software codesign, for example recently the start-ups HQS Quantum Simulations from Karlsruhe and IQM Germany from Munich for the development of innovative materials and software for the simulation of material properties and material dynamics on quantum computers.