Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS
Now that it's not Windows-only, you can simulate a theoretical computer on a real computer
Microsoft has ported its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS.
In the absence of genuinely quantum hardware to run on, Q# (with its Visual Studio integration) compiles software to run on a 30-qubit simulator (there's also a 40-qubit simulator on Azure).
The macOS and Linux ports include “integration with VS Code and quantum simulation support”, Microsoft said in its blog post. The simulator's been tweaked for 4-5x better performance, the post added, “especially on simulations involving 20 or more qubits”.
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The development libraries and examples launched with Q# are now available at GitHub under the open source MIT License.
Redmond's also created what could perhaps be called “Schroedinger's Snake”: the quantum development kit has been made Python-compatible, with native support for calls in either direction (Q# to Python routines and vice-versa). ®