Azure Quantum Workshop

Michele Grossi (CERN), Miguel Marquina (CERN), Sofia Vallecorsa (CERN)

Azure Quantum is Microsoft's cloud service for running Quantum Computing circuits in the cloud. This workshop will give an overview on how to leverage this service to run different algorithms.  

Please make sure you register for this event. We will share connection details with registered participants.

About the speakers:

Leo Spit: Leo Spit is a senior Digital Advisor for Microsoft. In his daily work he helps organizations in the FSI sector with their digital transformations. New solutions, new business models, new technologies. He started his career with a Master degree in physics and has 25 +years' experience in business consulting, IT and innovation. He is passionate about Quantum computing, both by the inspiring physics as well as the disrupting business applications that will come.

Vincent van Wingerden: Vincent is a Technical Architect at Microsoft, focusing on big data Systems and quantum computing. He is working with customers and partners to see how IT and quantum computing can change their business and bring value.

Mathias Soeken: Mathias Soeken is a senior software engineer in the Azure Quantum team at Microsoft. He is interested in estimating the required resources to run quantum algorithms on future quantum computers, such that we can solve problems that cannot be solved with classical computers. Before joining Microsoft, Mathias did his PhD in computer science at the University of Bremen, Germany, and was a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. His research interests include quantum computing, logic synthesis, and formal verification.

Guen Prawiroatmodjo: I'm a software engineer at Microsoft Azure Quantum, working on the Quantum Development Kit team. I hold a MSc and PhD in experimental condensed matter physics from Delft University of Technology and Copenhagen University, and previously worked with Spin Qubits and Transmon Qubit systems. So far I've worked on qubit control, Max-Cut QAOA on near-term devices and most recently, using Quantum Intermediate Representation (QIR) for quantum simulation on HPC systems in collaboration with PNNL. I'm co-maintainer of the azure-quantum package, the Python package for submitting circuits to the Azure Quantum service.

Chris Granade (they/them) is a software developer on the Quantum Systems team, focusing on the Q# standard and domain-specific libraries, Python integration for Q#, and most recently, the open systems simulator provided with the Quantum Development Kit. Before joining Microsoft, Chris completed their PhD in quantum computing, and worked as a postdoctorate on the statistical characterization of noise in quantum devices. When not working on quantum software development, Chris can be found on the waters of Puget Sound aboard the Sea Knot.

    • 3:00 PM 3:05 PM
      Introduction 5m
      Speakers: Michele Grossi (CERN), Sofia Vallecorsa (CERN)
    • 3:05 PM 3:50 PM
      Introduction to Azure Quantum, QIO, QC paths 45m

      During this session Leo and Vincent will give a broad and high level overview of the capabilities that Azure Quantum has to offer. They will walk you though the different types of hardware that are available on Azure and show how to leverage this in algorithms and code.

      Speakers: Leo Spit (Microsoft Azure), Vincent Van Wingerden (Microsoft Azure )
    • 3:50 PM 4:00 PM
      Break 10m
    • 4:00 PM 4:45 PM
      How to optimize Q# code, resource estimation 45m

      Resource estimation is the task of evaluating the cost of a quantum program for current and future quantum computers. It's an important task for quantum engineers to anticipate the hardware requirements for solving those problems that are too complex for classical computers. In this talk, we show a typical resource estimation and verification workflow using Q# and the Quantum Development Kit. We use the table lookup operation as running example, which is an important building block in quantum algorithms for chemistry simulation or factorization.

      Speaker: Mathias Soeken
    • 4:45 PM 4:55 PM
      Break 10m
    • 4:55 PM 5:40 PM
      How to simulate and run quantum algorithms on Azure Quantum with Q# and Python 45m

      Azure Quantum is Microsoft's cloud service for running Quantum Computing circuits in the cloud. In this talk, we will showcase the features and offers that we support today: Azure Quantum Notebooks, the Azure Credits Program, submitting Qiskit programs, using Q# with a Python host program and running circuits on different quantum hardware targets, including IonQ and Honeywell. Finally, we will talk about our roadmap for quantum coherent classical processing using the Quantum Intermediate Representation (QIR) and how this will change the way hybrid classical-quantum algorithms are implemented on near-term quantum hardware.

      Speakers: Chris Granade (Microsoft Azure), Guen Prawiroatmodjo (Microsoft Azure)
    • 5:40 PM 6:00 PM
      Q&A and discussion 20m