(Finance.Yahoo) Atos has announced its participation in the European project NEASQC1, whose ambition is to prepare European businesses for the age of quantum computing by exploring a wide selection of industrial and financial use cases, and associated algorithms, compatible with NISQ2 computers, the first quantum systems to be available in the near future. Atos will coordinate and work hand‑in‑hand with the 11 other partners, leading industrial end-users and academic experts from 8 European countries, to initiate an active European community around NISQ Quantum Computing.
While quantum computers may not yet be ready, organizations looking to tap into the power of quantum computing can already experiment by using dedicated programming and simulation platforms, such as Atos’ Quantum Learning Machine (Atos QLM). However, the lack of application libraries makes its very difficult for non-expert users to imagine and anticipate the value that such an influx of computing power will bring.
NEASQC addresses this gap by investigating 9 industrial use cases that are likely to benefit significantly from NISQ quantum computing. These use cases include practical problems that will directly benefit European businesses and citizens: drug discovery, breast cancer detection, CO2 capture, smart energy management and natural language processing for example. The project will then develop open source libraries needed for those use cases, to encourage industrial end-users to start the move to quantum computing.
Atos will coordinate and manage the roll-out of the NEASQC project, leading the user group that will be made up of the partners involved in quantum software developments, as well as external end-users of the NEASQC programming environment. Atos is also responsible for the ‘Programming Framework & Hardware’ aspects, within the ‘technology enablement’ part of the project.
In addition, Atos will provide the quantum programming environment, Atos myQLM, whose vendor lock-in free approach guarantees a full compatibility with the quantum processors developed within the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies.

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