Atos to Deploy Quantum Learning Machine at STFC Hartree Centre

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Alison Kennedy from the STFC Hartree Centre and Andy Grant from Atos

Today Atos announced that the STFC Hartree Centre will soon become the home of the first Atos Quantum Learning Machine in the UK.

This Quantum Learning Machine will be one of the highest-performing ever deployed by Atos and will be used to develop new quantum-based services designed to help researchers and industry prepare for the coming quantum computing revolution. These include quantum algorithm development and the first UK repository for quantum algorithms, collaborative research projects on quantum computing applications and specialist training.

We’re thrilled to be enabling UK companies to explore and prepare for the future of quantum computing,” said Alison Kennedy, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre. “This collaboration will build on our growing expertise in this exciting area of computing and result in more resilient technology solutions being developed for industry.”

This new collaboration builds on an established partnership between Atos and the Hartree Centre, which began with the UK’s first Bull Sequana X1000 supercomputer being hosted at the facility in 2017. The Hartree Centre, based at Daresbury Laboratory and part of the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus in Cheshire, UK, also hosts the JADE national deep learning service.

Commenting on the partnership announcement, Andy Grant, Vice President, HPC & Big Data, Atos UK and Ireland said, “We are delighted to deepen our existing relationship with the Hartree Centre which we believe will help UK industry future-proof itself for the arrival of quantum computing. Our Quantum Learning Machine as a service will be made available to any organisation wanting to learn about, and experiment with, quantum computing and understand the key opportunities and challenges this technology presents. Quantum is the future of computing and it is crucial that organisations are ready to harness the coming revolution.”

The Quantum Learning Machine will provide a platform on which we can develop new quantum algorithms with potential impacts across our business,” said Leigh Lapworth, Head of Computational Sciences at Rolls-Royce, which will be one of the first organizations to use the quantum simulator. “We have a long track-record of successful collaborations with the Hartree Centre and with the support of Atos we look forward to research that takes us in new and exciting directions.”

Atos produces the highest-performing Quantum Learning Machines in the market. In November 2016, Atos launched an ambitious program to anticipate the future of quantum computing and to be prepared for the opportunities as well as the risks that come with it. As a result of this initiative, Atos was the first to successfully model quantum noise. To date, the company has installed Quantum Learning Machines in countries including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, empowering major research programs in various sectors.

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