Ionq Aria not available as backend in Quiskit

Rodolfo Bonnin 6 Reputation points

Apparently, my organization has access to the Aria instance, but when I list the backend options, and try to instance the backend, it seems that instance is unavailable. Should I request special permission to add Aria to the Qiskit Runtime? Thanks!




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  1. kobulloc-MSFT 23,336 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello, @Rodolfo Bonnin !

    Why can't I see a target when the provider shows as available?
    Not being able to see a target is likely the result of:

    • The provider plan is not enabled
    • A QDK update is missing

    Since the provider is available in this case, you'll likely need to update to the latest version of the QDK which adds Aria support (and be sure to restart the kernel--thank you for the update, @Rodolfo Bonnin !):

    pip install --upgrade azure-quantum  

    Additionally, you can view the page for QDK updates for a variety of other update methods:

    ionq.qpu.aria-1 is available:


    ionq.qpu.aria-1 is not visible as a target (likely because the QDK needs to be updated):