Quantum computers already exist, although they are still complex and expensive devices with a narrow specialization. Each of them is unique in many ways, so there are still no uniform software standards for them. And, strictly speaking, hardware too. All hardware manufacturers have their own programming interfaces and tools. And so it makes sense that quantum computing requires some kind of open operating system. And this is already being developed.
British startup Riverlane, which was founded by experts at the University of Cambridge, has already received $ 20 million in its first round of funding. He plans to create such a system and offer it to manufacturers of quantum computers. As noted, the bulk of the funds are provided by venture capital firm Draper Esprit with additions from existing investors, including Cambridge Innovation Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and, in fact, Cambridge.
Riverlane says it has attracted 20% of the world’s quantum equipment manufacturers to use its DeltaFlow platform in the last year alone. Moreover, there are only 8 companies in the world that are engaged in such developments. The startup believes that an operating system for quantum computers is needed as soon as possible. This will allow programs and applications to run on a wide variety of hardware solutions.
It has not yet been announced when at least an alpha version of a full-fledged operating system may appear. Riverlane currently has a DeltaFlow-on-ARTIQ beta platform that allows you to run programs for quantum systems controlled by ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics). Both on real hardware and in the emulator. The company hopes that DeltaFlow programs will become universal for any quantum systems and will be one of the components of the future OS.