Intel Releases Quantum SDK
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 06 March 2023

Intel has released a Quantum Software Development Kit (SDK) that is a simulation of a full quantum computer. The SDK can also interface with Intel’s quantum hardware, including the Horse Ridge II control chip and Intel’s quantum spin qubit chip when it becomes available this year.

The kit is designed to let developers program quantum algorithms in simulation. It has a C++ programming interface based on a low-level virtual machine (LLVM) compiler toolchain.


The kit has a quantum runtime environment that's been optimized for executing hybrid quantum-classical algorithms. Developers have the choice of two target backends for simulating qubits to either represent a higher number of generic qubits or Intel hardware.

intel's full stack approach to quantum

The first backend is Intel Quantum Simulator (IQS), which Intel describes as a high-performance open-source generic qubit simulator with a backend capable of 32 qubits on a single node and over 40 qubits on multiple nodes. The second option is a target backend that simulates Intel quantum dot qubit hardware and can be used for compact model simulation of Intel silicon spin qubits, which Intel describes as using the company’s expertise in silicon transistor manufacturing to build a large-scale quantum computer.

With the SDK, users can develop small workloads to find out how to use the quantum computer’s system architecture to run algorithms efficiently and accurately on qubits. Intel is also using the SDK internally to co-design quantum hardware and software in tandem.

The compiler extensions allow developers to integrate results from quantum algorithms into their C++ project, which Intel says

"opens the door to the feedback loops needed for hybrid quantum-classical algorithms like the quantum approximate optimization algorithm (QAOA) and quantum variational eigen-solver (VQE)."

Intel is also funding curricula at universities to encourage developers who have explored quantum computing. Universities will develop and share quantum course curricula to proliferate the use of the Intel Quantum SDK. Universities that have already received Intel grants include The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania, Deggendorf Institute of Technology and Keio University in Japan.

The Intel Quantum SDK 1.0 is available now on the OneAPI Intel Dev Cloud.


More Information

OneAPI Intel Dev Cloud

Intel’s quantum computing backgrounder

Related Articles

Amazon Braket On The Quantum Bandwagon

Google Takes On Quantum Computing

Google Announces 72-Qubit Machine

Proof Of Quantum Supremacy?

Minecraft Goes Quantum      

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, sign up for our weekly newsletter, subscribe to the RSS feed and follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.


JetBrains Launches IDE Services

JetBrains has launched a new product suite for enterprises. JetBrains IDE Services is designed for use by large organizations with the aim of boosting developer productivity at scale.

Microsoft Introduces .NET Smart Components

Microsoft has provided a set of .NET Smart Components, described as a set of genuinely useful AI-powered UI components that you can quickly and easily add to .NET apps. The components are prebuilt end [ ... ]

More News

raspberry pi books



or email your comment to: