The widespread use of quantum computers in academia and industry seems like it is less than decade away. Researchers are busy developing more powerful quantum computers while others are writing software languages and algorithms that will make it easier to program them. And some firms are striving to commercialize the technology.
But there are still more than a few issues that need to be addressed: How will engineering students learn about it? Who will teach them? What technology will be used to construct qubits? And when will quantum computing be economical and useful for designers and engineers?
To get a handle on these challenges and how they might be overcome, Machine Design talked with Erik Garcell, the technology marketing manager for Classiq Technologies. That company is trying to get ahead of the curve; it has already built a software platform that helps engineering teams automate the process of converting high-level functional models into optimized quantum circuits and develop quantum-computer programs.