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Open-Access Quantum Computing Testbed Now Operational

Peregrine ion trap

Peregrine is a surface-electrode ion trap will all electrodes in one plane.

Credit: Sandia National Laboratories

A U.S. Department of Energy open-access quantum computing testbed is ready for the public.

The Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT) at Sandia National Laboratories is rare in three ways, says Sandia physicist and QSCOUT lead Susan Clark. It is a free, open-access testbed, it is made with trapped ion technology, and it gives users an uncommon amount of control over their research, Clark says.

"QSCOUT serves a need in the quantum community by giving users the controls to study the machine itself, which aren't yet available in commercial quantum computing systems," she says. "It also saves theorists and scientists from the trouble of building their own machines. We hope to gain new insights into quantum performance and architecture as well as solve problems that require quantum computation."

From Sandia National Laboratories
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