Quantum computing is “closer than you think” - now it has an OS

May 04, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQCL”; Cambridge, UK) has announced that it has developed an operating system for Quantum Computers.

t|ket> a unique quantum computing operating system; thus far, it has only run on a simulation of a quantum computer, which itself runs on a proprietary custom designed high speed super computer, also built by CQCL, in order to simulate a quantum processor.

A quantum computer takes advantage of quantum interference, and potentially gains an immense advantage in computational speed over conventional computers by being capable of carrying out massive parallel computations simultaneously.

It has significant applications for the global economy, including financial markets, insurance, intelligence, cyber-security, internet, medicinal and pharmaceutical research, defence, energy, database management, logistics and communications.

The company stated, “CQCL is at the forefront of developing an operating system that will allow users to harness the joint power of classical super computers alongside quantum computers. The development of t|ket> is a major milestone.

“Quantum computing will be a reality much earlier than originally anticipated. It will have profound and far-reaching effects on a vast number of aspects of our daily lives.”

CQCL is an independent quantum computing company that was founded in Cambridge, England and which currently has offices in Cambridge and in London.

In addition to t|ket> CQCL is focussed on developing quantum algorithms and software applications in cryptography, financial services, simulation optimisation and genome analysis.

From the company’s website;

CQCL develops tools for the commercialisation of quantum computers by understanding quantum protocols and also quantum algorithms. In the coming period as quantum devices become more prevalent, the focus of CQCL's activity is the development of algorithms and source code.

Our team focuses in three key areas where we work and co-operate both with engineering companies that develop quantum computers, and with organisations more focused on the software and operating system side:


Financial Services

Medicine and Biotech (including DNA mapping)

CQCL also sponsors and supports research within the increasingly important area of Quantum Computing with the aim of increasing the network of qualified and talented