The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Thursday announced plans to work with Microsoft Corp. to develop new quantum-based solutions to address energy optimisation and other challenges where classical computers have serious limitations, making it the first organisation outside the U.S. to participate in the Microsoft Quantum program.
As part of the deal, Microsoft will work closely with DEWA to identify the challenges where quantum computing will have the greatest impact.
As part of Dubai 10X, DEWA wants to reimagine its role as a utility company by launching “Digital DEWA,” the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and is leveraging Microsoft Quantum to help accelerate its goals. In addition, the two organisations will look at ways to support the Dubai EXPO 2020, an event that brings people from all over the world to share ideas.
Microsoft is pioneering the emerging quantum era through a unique approach that will deliver the industry’s most stable and scalable quantum computer. As the development of the quantum computer continues, select partners such as DEWA can access new quantum-inspired Azure services for the most complete, state-of-the-art, end-to-end quantum programming.
Working with Microsoft, the Quantum Development Kit toolset and Azure quantum-inspired services, DEWA will be able to program and test quantum algorithms, then apply those quantum solutions within the existing Azure platform to achieve real-world impacts even before the development of a general-purpose quantum computer. This work will also provide DEWA with a seamless migration to using Microsoft’s quantum computer once it is available.
DEWA will also work with Microsoft to develop a quantum strategy, including understanding where quantum optimisation methods can be applied for greatest impact in Dubai, both on classical computers and in the future on Microsoft’s quantum computer.