(ScientificComputing) At the meeting of the 8th Atos Quantum Advisory Board, a group of international experts, mathematicians and physicists, authorities in their fields, Atos announced investments, along with partner start-ups Pasqal and IQM, in two major quantum hybridisation projects in France and Germany.
In the field of quantum hybridisation, Atos is enabling several applications – in the areas of chemistry, such as catalysis design for nitrogen fixation, and for the optimisation of smart grids. Atos is also involved in two additional quantum hybridization projects, which are currently being launched:
The European HPC-QS (Quantum Simulation) project, which started in December 2021, aims to build the first European hybrid supercomputer with an integrated quantum accelerator by the end of 2023.
Atos is involved in this project alongside national partners including the CEA, GENCI, Pasqal and the Julich Supercomputing Centre. Pasqal will provide its analog quantum accelerator and Atos, with its quantum simulator, the Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), will ensure the hybridization with the HPCs at the two datacenters at GENCI and Julich.
The Q-EXA project, part of the German governmental quantum plan, will see a consortium of partners, including Atos, work together to integrate a German quantum computer into an HPC supercomputer for the first time. Atos’ QLM will be instrumental in connecting the quantum computer, from start-up IQM (also part of the Atos Scaler program) to the Leibniz Supercomputing centre.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the world’s largest and most respected research centres, based in Geneva, has recently acquired an Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) appliance and joined the Atos User Club. The Atos QLM, delivered to CERN in October, will be made available to the CERN scientific community to support research activities in the framework of the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative (CERN QTI), thus accelerating the investigation of quantum advantage for high-energy physics (HEP) and beyond.
Pierre Barnabé, interim co-CEO and head of Big Data and Cybersecurity at Atos added: ‘Atos is the world leader in the convergence of supercomputing and quantum computing, as shown by these two major and strategic projects we are involved in France and Germany. At a time when the French government is expected to announce its plan for quantum computing, the durability of our Quantum Board, the quality of the work carried out and the concrete applications of this research in major projects reinforce this position.’