IonQ Aria is available now, exclusively on Azure Quantum


Azure Quantum is the first cloud platform to enable access to IonQ Aria, a new trapped ion system that can perform hundreds of quantum gates in a single algorithm.

IonQ Aria boasts a record of 23 algorithmic qubits (#AQ),1 based on benchmarks measured by IonQ2. In IonQ tests, Aria successfully executed quantum circuits containing more than 550 gates, enabling testing of increasingly complex quantum algorithms.

This allows researchers to better assess how the runtime and performance of quantum algorithms will scale as quantum hardware improves. Select early customers have already begun using IonQ Aria to explore algorithms with potential to mitigate risk in finance, model chemical reactions within electric vehicle (EV) batteries, and improve image classification for future automated vehicles.

Aria is the latest IonQ system on the Azure Quantum platform, joining the IonQ Harmony system. IonQ’s dynamically reconfigurable systems, ranging from 11 to 23 fully connected qubits, enable you to run a two-qubit gate between any pair.

“The availability of both IonQ Aria and IonQ Harmony on the Azure Quantum platform ensures that enterprise customers and research institutions have a choice when it comes to selecting which quantum system is best suited for their specific needs,” says Peter Chapman, President and CEO, IonQ. “Using our systems to entangle any pair of qubits is a capability that is unique at this scale and which enables faster and more accurate execution of quantum algorithms.”

Anyone with access to the Azure Quantum platform can process jobs on Aria; it takes only a few minutes to set up an Azure account and start programming on either or both IonQ Aria and Harmony.

“Our goal is to enable quantum algorithm innovation, and access to a diversity of quantum hardware for that innovation through Azure Quantum,” notes Dr. Krysta Svore, Azure Quantum Distinguished Engineer. “Along with continuing to offer IonQ Harmonya popular system which IonQ has run hundreds of thousands of jobs againstAzure Quantum is now the only cloud platform to offer Aria, a QPU (quantum processing unit) featuring more qubits and a reduction in errors in quantum gates. Whether you’re a researcher, learner, or practitioner, you truly get to choose your own adventure on Azure Quantum.”

Access IonQ Aria now

You can try IonQ Aria on Azure Quantum for free, with an automatic $500 credit towards IonQ QPUs or up to $10,000 in credits through the Azure Quantum Research Credits program. Aria is also available under a subscription model for monthly access. Just set up a free Azure account(check out free Azure accountsfor students),create an Azure Quantum workspacein the Azure Portal, and start your quantum journey with Azure Quantum today.

1#AQ is a metric that IonQ proposed in 2020 to assist in evaluating a quantum computer’s utility in real-world settings, with the goal of focusing on practical applicability.

2T. Lubinski, S.Johri, P. Varosy, et al., “Application-Oriented Performance Benchmarks for Quantum Computing”, arXiv:2110.03137, (2021).

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