Qilimanjaro is a project aiming at opening the world of quantum computation to every company and individual, without the need of acquiring an expensive quantum computer, neither being enrolled in a certain university or program, or undertaking expensive partnerships with large players in the quantum computation industry. In particular, their project revolves around the following pillars:
• Create an accessible quantum computer
• Provide a translation software service by adapting classical problems into quantum algorithms
• Proceed with the development of a universal open source quantum computation language (Qibo)
• Create a community of users where contributions are rewarded, with the goal in mind of empowering the current quantum software ecosystem.
Qilimanjaro is structured in two teams:
• Qilimanjaro Computing Services (QCS).
• Qilimanjaro Software Services (QSS).
Technical Goals of QCS
QCS aims at building 4 quantum computers with different specific goals:
• Qilimanjaro Quantum Annealer: This computer is the first main goal of Qilimanjaro. The computer will host their cloud platform, OpenQ, from which remote users will get access to the computational power of a quantum processor.
• Qilimanjaro Twins: Two additional quantum processors will be focused on improving quantum annealing technology, from qubit quality, qubit network connectivity and, most importantly, enhancement of quantum circuit complexity towards universal quantum computation. Thus, these computers are intended as research devices to improve the technology to be delivered on the Qilimanjaro Quantum Annealer.
• Qilimanjaro Threelean: The objectives of the fourth quantum processor are the exploration of general ideas of quantum gates and quantum circuits. One particular goal in this processor is the development of a “Threelean” algebra (an evolution of traditional Boolean one) in order to design new quantum logic gates based on qutrits.
The long-term goal is to achieve a level of competitivity in both quantum annealing and quantum gate-based circuits while serving primarily quantum annealing technology to the users.
Qibo: Universal Quantum Open Source Language
Qibo is a metalanguage for quantum software, setting a programming interface above the specific details of the quantum computers where the programs will be run. Qibo is already under development by the Qilimanjaro team. The language will interact with different compilers for each device that appears in the market. Furthermore, Qibo has been designed bearing in mind to reach out to the largest community of programmers possible interested in quantum programming. The motivation is to develop the first quantum foundational libraries and to contribute to the current quantum programming ecosystem, while compensating those efforts promoting a reward system, based on their ERC-20 token QBIT.
Quantum Software Service & OpenQ
A significant portion of funds will be reserved to develop QSS and OpenQ. Since software development requires mostly the labor of skilled employees this part of their budget will be used to pay their software developers and quantum programmers. Besides, Funds will be used for operation and management of this environment and to ensure software delivery with utmost quality and in a timely manner.
OpenQ will be built with a strong sense of community. To this effect, they have to ensure that enough funds are allocated to the outreach of an international community. The marketing budget will be used to create awareness and engagement of the possibilities of their platform.
QBIT Token Usage and Mechanism
QBITs (pronounced as [kiúbits]) are ERC20-compliant tokens which are necessary to participate in their platform to obtain a service, and to reward various parties who will help building the Qilimanjaro ecosystem. In this way, they favor the creation of an entire financial open platform. QBIT tokens will be the only accepted currency used in the Qilimanjaro ecosystem. QBITs can also be hold to obtain an extra service or benefit. Therefore, the token’s flow is made between token holders, developers and practical users.