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30 September, 2021 - 13:16 By Tony Quested

Just the TKET as Cambridge Quantum nails open source opportunity

Cambridge Quantum has engineered completely open source with the upgraded version of TKET – its class-leading high-performance hardware-agnostic quantum software development kit.

CEO Ilyas Khan revealed earlier this year that TKET (pronounced tickit) would be available on an ‘open-access’ basis earlier this year, with a commitment to become fully open-sourced by the end of 2021. In recent months a global community of software developers has embraced the class leading product. 

Khan  said: “The growth of the global TKET community has been astonishing and I am so pleased that we can now complete this part of our journey.”

Dr Ross Duncan, head of software at CQ added: “Minimising gate count and execution time are very important in this Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) era. 

“TKET combines high-level hardware-agnostic optimisation for quantum circuits with target specific compilation passes for the chosen quantum device. This helps quantum computing users move seamlessly between quantum platforms, while maintaining consistent high performance. 

“Users need only to focus on developing their quantum applications, not rewriting code around the idiosyncrasies of any particular hardware. 

“At the same time, we help quantum computing hardware companies ensure that they can get the best performance from their processors.”

Open-sourcing permits for more transparency of the code, easier reporting of issues and more robust integrations. 

The rapidly growing quantum software community will now be able to make their own contributions or take inspiration and develop their own extensions to the codebase under the permissive Apache 2.0 licence.

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