The UK startup Riverlane has just announced that the initial version of its quantum operating system Deltaflow.OS, called ‘Deltaflow-on-ARTIQ’, is freely available to the public.
This quantum operating system is both hardware and platform agnostic.
In May 2020, Riverlane revealed that they will lead a consortium which has been awarded a £7.6m grant to build a radically new operating system for quantum computers. In September, they run the first successful trials of Deltaflow.OS, using quantum hardware belonging to trapped-ion company, Oxford Ionics.
The product has been built to enable quantum hardware companies as well as algorithm and app developers to accelerate their research by making collaboration easier and reduce down-time in labs. This version uses simulated hardware and ARTIQ as a backend. ARTIQ is a control system which is widely used in the trapped-ion community. Deltaflow-on-ARTIQ consists of the Deltaflow language (Deltalanguage), and various hardware models on which the language can be run, including an emulator of the ARTIQ control system. The Deltalanguage lets users define a graph of different hardware nodes corresponding to the type of hardware elements found in labs. After defining a programme, users can test it on increasingly realistic hardware models.