Google Announces Blockchain Help, Launches Alpha of Quantum Computing Framework

Google recently announced two product lines for programmers working on the cutting edge: blockchain platforms that will integrated with Google Cloud, and a new open source quantum computing framework.

The blockchain platform was unveiled in a list of announcements made ahead of the company's Cloud Next '18 customer and partner conference, currently under way in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

According to the Google, the company will be working with two partners -- Digital Asset and BlockApps -- to provide digital ledger frameworks for customers in their cloud environments, based on the Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric flavors of blockchain.

In Digital Asset's announcement of the partnership, the company said it will "provide developers with a full stack solution so they can unleash the potential for web-paced innovation in blockchain." Digital Asset's platform and tools will come to the Google Cloud, the company said.

BlockApps also announced this week that its STRATO platform and tool would be coming to the Google Cloud Platform. "Google's entrance into the blockchain space is a landmark event for the growing blockchain ecosystem and cements the continued investment in blockchain solutions for enterprises," the company commented. "With the BlockApps STRATO RESTful API developers can begin building and testing their blockchain applications without manually assembling IDEs, compilers, wallets, APIs."

Both new releases are expected to be available to all Google Cloud customers later this year.

For developers looking to get into the quantum space, last week Google also announced the public alpha of Cirq, a new open source framework for those working with quantum algorithms.

"Cirq is focused on near-term questions and helping researchers understand whether NISQ quantum computers are capable of solvingĀ computational problems of practical importance," the company said of the release.

More details on Cirq and the problems that Google feels the Cirq team solves for those working with NISQ computing can be found here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.