Xanadu, a prominent quantum computing company, has announced a partnership with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) to develop South Korea’s first quantum-classical hybrid computing infrastructure. The collaboration aims to provide the regional scientific community with advanced research capabilities in the field of quantum computing.

The partnership will leverage Xanadu’s open-source software library, PennyLane, and its high-performance quantum simulator, Lightning, to create a quantum-classical hybrid circuit software development kit (SDK). This SDK will serve as the backend infrastructure for KISTI’s cloud service, connecting various classical and quantum hardware platforms. By utilizing PennyLane as a fundamental tool, South Korean researchers will have seamless access to hybrid computing resources and be able to conduct cutting-edge research in quantum computing.

KISTI, a renowned national research institute in South Korea, has been actively involved in quantum projects for over a decade. The institute’s expertise includes research in quantum logical device computational design and the expansion of quantum circuit simulations with parallel computing in large-scale classical computing environments. By combining the capabilities of Xanadu and KISTI, the partnership aims to harness the power of classical and quantum computing technologies.

Christian Weedbrook, founder and CEO of Xanadu, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, stating that PennyLane’s compatibility with leading quantum hardware makes it an excellent development framework. Dr. Kim Jaesoo, President of KISTI, shared that the collaboration aligns with their mission to build a better future through science and technology infrastructure and data.

Xanadu is a Canadian quantum computing company focused on building accessible and useful quantum computers for people worldwide. They are also the creators of PennyLane, an open-source software library for quantum computing. On the other hand, KISTI is a leading Korean national research institute in high-performance computing research and development in South Korea.

This partnership between Xanadu and KISTI will undoubtedly accelerate quantum research advancement in South Korea, opening up new possibilities for scientific discovery and technological innovation.


– Xanadu
– Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)

Definitions of terms:
– Quantum Computing: A type of computing that utilizes principles of quantum mechanics to perform operations on units of information called “qubits,” instead of the bits used in classical computing.
– Hybrid Computing: A combination of classical and quantum computing that leverages the strengths of each and uses them together to solve specific problems.
– SDK: Software Development Kit. A set of tools and resources that enable developers to create software applications for a specific platform or programming language.