ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) is a next-generation control system for quantum information experiments. It is being developed in partnership with the Ion Storage Group at NIST, and its applicability reaches beyond ion trapping.
Modern research on quantum information systems poses particular challenges to the control system:
dozens of signals need to be received and generated with extremely precise timing, in particular to ensure phase coherence
quantum error correction schemes require very low reaction latency in response to a measurement
real-world implementations of quantum gates, and a fortiori quantum algorithms, involve structurally complex protocols
ever-improving experimental techniques drive the need for a flexible and programmable system
the diversity of equipment, device drivers and data analysis software involved in a single experiment results in a distributed and multi-platform environment