Amazon quantum computing comes to Europe with OQC

Amazon quantum computing comes to Europe with OQC

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By Nick Flaherty

Amazon Web Services is to offer a quantum computing service in Europe using a system from Oxford Quantum Circuits (OGC).

OQC had already launched quantum computing as a service (QCaaS). OQC 8 qubit quantum computer called Lucy will debut on Amazon Braket and be available to customers to access from Europe and around the world from February 2022.

“Bringing OQC’s quantum computers to Amazon Braket is a natural next step in expanding our leadership in Europe,” said Dr Ilana Wisby, CEO of OQC. “Our agreement with AWS will make it easier for businesses and researchers in the region to access leading-edge hardware so they can further experiment with quantum. From low latency to device availability in Europe-friendly timezones, from data on-shoring to hybrid workloads; OQC on AWS will be a significant step forward in bringing quantum to our customers’ fingertips.”

OQC systems all have low crosstalk, naturally high coherence, and fast gate operations to provide faster processing power, less queuing time, and more uptime. OQC says its architecture allows it to scale its systems rapidly without any compromise on quality and performance which will remain the same even when a step change occurs in number of qubits.

Located in the UK, Lucy will provide access during convenient European timezones, low-latency and data held in the UK rather than the US to help alleviate customers’ data privacy and security concerns.

OQC is working to the OpenQASM roadmap, IBM’s open quantum assembly language, which has similar qualities to traditional hardware description languages such as Verilog. Quantinuum, the merger of Cambridge Quantum Computers and Honeywell’s quantum computing business, is already using OQC’s 4 qubit system called Sophia for a cloud service.

The UK government has also commissioned a quantum computer from Rigetti in the US. This has been built in Oxford and will be operational at around the same time to support UK researchers.

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