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Pasqal partners with Siemens to apply quantum to computer-aided engineering

By Dan O'Shea posted 07 Apr 2022

Pasqal, a small French quantum computing firm, continues to make friends with giants. After forging relationships with the likes of Nvidia, Saudi Aramco, Airbus, Thales and others, Pasqal this week announced a multi-year research collaboration with Siemens Digital Industries Software that will focus on simulations in the field of computer-aided engineering and design, which is a key arena for Siemens.

“Our collaboration with Siemens will explore how quantum computing can benefit Siemens’ customers who are looking for more accurate ‘digital-twin’ prototyping, which can reduce the need for costly and time-consuming physical prototyping in sectors like automotive, electronics, energy and aerospace,” said Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO and founder of Pasqal, in a statement. 

The companies said they will advance the field of quantum computational multiphysics simulation, leveraging Pasqal’s proprietary quantum methods to solve complex nonlinear differential equations are expected to enhance the performance of Siemens software solutions that are used for computer-aided product design and testing in sectors such as automotive, electronics, energy and aerospace sectors.

Pasqal said the first phase of the collaboration will last three to five years and will involve researchers from both companies and from Exeter University, Pasqal’s academic partner. The project is fully funded by Siemens, and includes a sponsored academic working in the research group of theoretical physics professor Oleksandr Kyriienko.

“We look forward to seeing how quantum computing can yield a significant near-term benefit for our clients,” said Jean Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President, Simulation and Test Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “Pasqal’s algorithms for solving differential equations and its neutral atom quantum processors are ideally suited to solve the computational problems which are most relevant and challenging for our clients, and we look forward to working with Pasqal to advance this field.”

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