January 28, 2023

PennyLane by Xanadu supports AQT quantum computers

Xanadu and AQT announced that PennyLane, an open-source project from Xanadu for quantum machine learning, automatic differentiation, and optimization, now supports AQT quantum computers.

Xanadu develops software for quantum machine learning (QML) and optimization. PennyLane, one of Xanadu’s core software products, is an easy to use open-source platform for QML — optimizing processes in industry today.

AQT is a start-up located in Innsbruck, Austria, and a spin-off from the Innsbruck University and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, AQT realizes quantum computers based on the individual manipulation of trapped charged atoms. The ion-trap platform has intrinsically low error rates and can be readily scaled up to larger systems. AQT provides cloud-access to its quantum computer for a wide range of applications. 

AQT has just announced also that the startup was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also working on sustainability issues and much more. 

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum. AQT will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues. 

This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers20

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here