🤖⚛️ Evaluating Quantum Processors, Cool GitHub Projects, and AI Integration and Modularization

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How to Evaluate Quantum Processor’s Performance: In Conversation With Himadri Majumdar*

Not all quantum processors are created equal. While everyone aims to increase the fidelity of quantum states and lower the error rate, many other metrics also play an important role in building large-scale quantum computers and delivering commercial value.

SemiQon builds quantum processors by trapping electrons or holes within silicon and using their spins as qubits, called silicon spin qubits. Since its founding as a spinout from the Finnish research institute VTT in 2023 and our last interview on Future of Computing, SemiQon has successfully completed several fab runs and started shipping the first 4-qubit chips to research collaborators.

This article is part of a series of deep dives into SemiQon’s advancements, and we had the pleasure of speaking again with Himadri Majumdar, CEO and co-founder of SemiQon, about what quantum hardware manufacturers and end users should keep in mind when evaluating quantum processors:

*Sponsored post—we greatly appreciate the support from SemiQon

Future of Computing News

⚛️ From the 2nd batch, we've already interviewed QCentroid: Shaping the Future of Using Quantum Algorithms

🤖 New LLM by Mistral: Codestral: Hello, World! (Mistral)

Funding News

⚡️ Learn more about their tech from our interview with NcodiN: Shaping the Future of Optical Data Communications between Chiplets

🤖 Cool GitHub Projects

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Good Reads

"The first takeaway from this analysis is that Google’s strategy truly is unique: they are, as Nadella noted, the Apple of AI. The bigger question is if this matters: as I noted above, integration has proven to be a sustainable differentiation in (1) the consumer market, where the buyer is the user, and thus values the user experience benefits that come from integration, and when (2) those user experience benefits are manifested in devices."

"We recommend starting with prompting when developing new applications. It’s easy to both underestimate and overestimate its importance. It’s underestimated because the right prompting techniques, when used correctly, can get us very far. It’s overestimated because even prompt-based applications require significant engineering around the prompt to work well."

"If you're a small company with only a couple thousand documents and want to throw a vector database on top of it and do some generation, that's not too difficult to set up. But if you want to search through hundreds of millions of extremely dense technical documents like academic papers, and it has to be super fine-grained with the very best research at the top every single time, building a search engine that does that is extremely difficult."

"Every so often I read an essay that I end up thinking about, and citing in conversation, over and over again. Here’s my index of all the ones of those I can remember! I’ll try to keep it up to date as I think of more."

"On April 21st, I set out to see how much of a Unix-like operating system for x86_64 targets that I could put together in about a month. The result is Bunnix. Not including days I didn’t work on Bunnix for one reason or another, I spent 27 days on this project."

"In September 2013, Apple launched its iPhone 5S with a new kind of brain called the A7. The chip featured an innovative architecture integrating different types of processor on a single die. A die is a small semiconductor block housing a functional circuit, and where there had only been Central Processing Units (CPUs), there were now also Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), enabling real-time graphics for HDR photos and immersive games like Infinity Blade III. That move was a subtle yet consequential shift into a new approach called heterogeneous computing."

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