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Unitary Fund Q2 2022 Update: Metriq, unitaryHACK and new projects!
Dear Unitary Fund community,
We’re excited to share our Q2 2022 quarterly update and highlight some of what UF’s been involved with so far this year.
We launched Metriq, the community-driven platform to benchmark quantum computing metrics. We partnered with IQT Labs, USRA, RIKEN, the SQMS quantum research center, Cambridge Quantum, Strangeworks, Agnostiq, Super.Tech, Quantonation, the Quantum Computing Report and more organizations. Add and review benchmarks at: https://metriq.info/
unitaryHack 2022: our quantum open source hackathon rocked the quantum dev community! We made distributed bounties to over 63 merged pull requests across 30 projects. Read more in the blog post about wrapping-up unitaryHACK 2022.
As the year progresses, we remain committed to growing the quantum open source ecosystem. Thank you all for your continued support. Make sure to follow our Discord, Twitter,LinkedIn, and our Community Calendar.
New from Unitary Fund
Metriq: Read more about the announcement here from the Metriq team developers, Dan Strano and Vincent Russo
unitaryHACK was a blast! You can find results on the event page.
The Unitary Fund staff mentored Nick, Nyle, and Zhaoyi, three students from Stanford’s CS59SI course, helping them getting started with quantum OSSS and contributing to Mitiq.
Mitiq: We released version 0.14 through 0.17 of Mitiq (full changelog):
In version 0.14 we focused on updating dependencies and making progress on two new features, dynamical decoupling and learning based error mitigation techniques. A number of high priority bugs and issues also were fixed.
In version 0.15 we focused on updating dependencies and making progress on two new features, dynamical decoupling and learning based PEC. For dynamical decoupling, high-level functions and rules were added. For learning-based PEC, a function calculating representations with a biased (combination of depolarizing and dephasing) noise model was added. Several high priority bugs and issues were also fixed. Special thanks to new contributors @RubidgeCarrie and @nickdgardner for their contributions to this release!
In version 0.16 we finalized the documentation of Digital Dynamical Decoupling. This is a major milestone, you can read more about this technique in this blog post.
Version 0.17 was focused on unitaryHACK contributions.
New manuscript co-authored by Unitary Fund’s staff member, Vincent Russo, on “Arkhipov's theorem, graph minors, and linear system nonlocal games”, arXiv:2205.04645
To Haoxiang Wang and Min Li, to develop a high-level API for variational quantum algorithm (VQA) training with quantum error mitigation.
To Matt Lourens, to develop Dynamic QCNN, a tool to generate quantum convolutional neural network models programmatically.
News from UF Projects
The QuTiP project published its 2021 Annual Report. Highlight: Over 0.8M downloads.
The video of the Quantum Software Talk on QuTiP QIP by Boxi Li is online for everyone to watch!
QuTiP Google Summer of Code projects 2022 have successfully started. You can get updates from the students on their projects:
Christian: QuTiP notebook CI testing and v5 update; https://christian512.github.io/
Xavier: QuTiP benchmarks https://xspronken.github.io/
Shreyas: qutip-qip backend for Qiskit https://medium.com/@claretgrace0801/the-qiskit-skeleton-8f228f2d731e
Qrack: The Quantum Insider ranked Qrack as #5 best QC simulators for 2022, in a list of the top 63
InsideQuantum, the podcast telling human stories behind quantum technologies, just launched the first two episodes
The ALF project added: modularity, HDF5 support, installation script. More details here
A publication on the BraKetVue project just came out: P. Migdał, K. Jankiewicz, P. Grabarz, et al. "Visualizing quantum mechanics in an interactive simulation - Virtual Lab by Quantum Flytrap", Optical Engineering 61(8), 081808 (2022)
QWorld organized a very successful Quantum Science Events Days Conference with more than 700 participants. You can watch Unitary Fund’s talks here:
Nathan Shammah on "Quantum Error Mitigation on NISQ computers and simulators”
Dan Strano on "Metriq: a platform for community-driven quantum benchmarks | QSD 2022"
They conducted a fully-online graduate-level pilot QCourse on “Projects in Quantum”, supported by Unitary Fund
QFrance has joined the QCousins network
QSpring2022 started with several local workshops conducted by around 20 QCousins
Coming up next quarter:
Maria and Karen are interning for part of the Summer at Unitary Fund! This is within the Qubit by Qubit (QxQ) program “Early Quantum Career Immersion: Training & Internship Program (EQCI)”, which provides promising diverse undergraduates with a pathway into quantum computing
Unitary Fund’s Ryan LaRose, Nathan Shammah and Andrea Mari will give talks at SQMS/GGI Summer School on quantum simulation in Florence, July 26-29, 2022