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Yonatan Cohen – CTO and co-founder of Quantum Machines

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April 29, 2024
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Yonatan Cohen, co-founder and CTO of Quantum Machines is interviewed by Yuval Boger. They explore Quantum Machines’ role in the quantum computing ecosystem, focusing on their development of control electronics for quantum systems, the transition from academic to commercial customers, the partnership with NVIDIA for enhanced computational capabilities. They also discuss Quantum Machines’ contribution to establishing a quantum computing center in Israel, the integration of quantum and classical computing, and much more.

Here are the key points:

- Company Mission and Services: Quantum Machines aims to accelerate the development of practical quantum computers by providing advanced control electronics, encompassing both hardware and software layers essential for quantum computing operations. This technology is crucial for enabling faster progression towards effective quantum computing solutions.

- Customer Base Evolution: Initially, Quantum Machines' primary customers were academic institutions engaged in quantum research. Over time, the company's clientele expanded to include companies building quantum computers, reflecting a broader industry shift from academia to commercial development. Quantum Machines supports the growing specialization within the quantum computing industry by offering essential components for full-stack quantum computing systems.

- Technological Focus Areas: The company focuses on three critical areas: qubit control, calibration, and error correction. Their technology integrates classical computing power into quantum control systems, enabling sophisticated calibration, parameter retuning, and error correction, which are pivotal for the advancement of quantum computing.

- Scalability: Quantum Machines emphasize the importance of maintaining flexibility for users to adapt control protocols and algorithms through software.

- Collaboration with NVIDIA: Quantum Machines has partnered with NVIDIA to address the need for powerful error decoding in large-scale systems. This collaboration aims to provide low-latency, high-performance computing resources necessary for efficient error correction and control at scale.

- Quantum Computing Center in Israel: Quantum Machines is involved in establishing a quantum computing center in Israel to bolster the country's presence in the quantum computing landscape. This center will also serve as a showcase for Quantum Machines' products within a comprehensive quantum computing system, promoting integration with other technology solutions.

- Hybrid Quantum-Classical Algorithms: The company's control systems support hybrid algorithms by deeply integrating classical compute engines into the control infrastructure. This integration enables the seamless execution of quantum and classical operations within the same program, facilitating the development of applications that leverage the strengths of both quantum and classical computing.

- Vision and Optimism for Quantum Computing: Yonatan expresses optimism about the potential to develop large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computers within the next decade.

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Yonatan Cohen
CTO and Co-Founder of Quantum Machines
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