IEEE Spectrum

Quantum Computing Software Startup Aliro Emerges From Stealth Mode

There are a lot of different types of quantum computers. Arguably, none of them are ready to make a difference in the real world. But some startups are betting that they’re getting so close that it’s time to make it easy for regular software developers to take advantage of these machines. Boston-based Aliro Technologies is one such startup.

Aliro emerged from stealth mode today, revealing that it had attracted US $2.7 million from investors that include Crosslink Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Samsung NEXT’s Q Fund. The company was founded by Harvard assistant professor of computational materials science, Prineha Narang, along with two of her students, and a post-doctoral researcher.

Aliro plans a software stack that will allow ordinary developers to first determine whether available cloud-based quantum hardware can speed any of their processes better than other accelerators, such as GPUs. And then it will allow them to write code that takes advantage of that speedup.

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