Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC), based in Cambridge, England, has launched the world’s first cloud-based Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) service with built-in verification for users with IBM, a US firm.
Quantum random number generation services are not a new solution, but until now they could not be used in the cloud, where they could be accessed by researchers and business developers. Initially, a beta version of the shared service will be available to members of the IBM Q Network, providing certified quantum randomness for the first time.
“An application developed by CQC generates true maximum randomness or entropy implemented on an IBM quantum computer that can be tested and thus certified for the first time as truly quantum – and therefore truly maximally random“, – said the CEO of CQC Ilyas Khan. The QRNG Certified Service uses Bell’s test based on Mermin’s inequalities, offered through the qiskit_rng module of the Qiskit platform, which tests the true quantum nature of the underlying processes through statistical analysis.
In partnership with IBM, CQC has reached two major phases in the evolution of quantum computing, one computationally and the other commercializing quantum computing, when, for the first time, with cloud access to a quantum computing application, the company provides a service that has real-world applications. CQC was part of the IBM Q Network founding group of startups announced in 2018. In January 2020, IBM became an investor in CQC.