The company I work for is called ColdQuanta, and it was founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado. It’s not just a quantum computing company but also a quantum ecosystem company with a quantum-everywhere approach. On the quantum computing side of the house, the company recently, in the last year or so, launched Hilbert, its first quantum computer, which is based on the neutral-atom approach to quantum computing, which is, as you know, more of a newcomer to the quantum computing types. But we see a lot of advantages in terms of scalability, connectivity and more engineering challenges, rather than scientific, with the approach, so we’re excited about that.
But before starting at ColdQuanta, I was in grad school at the University of Chicago. I was in a joint programme where I got my MBA in computer science, which is an awesome programme that I can talk a bit more about why it was right for me. But during my summer internship, I interned at a company called Super.tech with just a couple of people there when I was interning. We had three full-time employees, who are also here at ColdQuanta, and in May of this year, ColdQuanta acquired Super.tech. I was planning to return full-time to Super.tech, and now I’m full-time at ColdQuanta.
It’s an exciting merger, because Super.tech was software-focused in the sense that Super.tech creates these optimisations and implements them for these quantum computers, and it’s hardware agnostic, so whether it’s superconducting, neutral-atom, trapped-ion, we optimise the software programmes for the quantum computer, cutting down runtime, the number of gate operations, circuit depth. We try to squeeze every bit of juice out of these quantum computers.
Super.tech is continuing to maintain its focus on being hardware-agnostic, so we don’t necessarily think it will be winner-take-all in terms of which quantum computer modality will deliver quantum advantage. We’re continuing to implement these optimisations into our software stack, called SuperstaQ, continuously. And that’s not exactly what I focus on here, as my job title indicates — quantum solutions manager. I’m on the application side of things, talking to customers and seeing how quantum can benefit them.