Orca, BT show quantum data centre tech

Orca, BT show quantum data centre tech

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By Nick Flaherty

ORCA Computing is working with BT in the UK to integrated its photonic quantum computer technology into classical data centres.

The ‘Quantum Data Centre of the Future’ (QDCF) project led by Orca at BT’s research labs at Adastral Park in Suffolk showed how quantum communication and computing systems can integrate with classical data centres. 

The project includes 14 organisations and universities to develop practical computing and security applications while establishing a blueprint for the quantum data centre of the future. With BT Group and KETS Quantum Security in Bristol leading the architecture and communications project, partners including Riverlane, PQShield, NCC Group, BP, Digital Catapult, National Composites Centre (NCC), University College London, University of Bristol, Imperial College London, University of Bath and the University of Southampton.

Central to the event was the presentation of a hybrid quantum-classical data centre architecture and the introduction of the quantum technology access programme.

This uses the Orca’s PT-1 photonic quantum computer running a hybrid quantum-classical machine learning algorithm with GPUs, involving NVIDIA CUDA’s quantum demo. Hybrid QKD/PQC point to point link encryption and entropy as a service with integrated post quantum cryptography comes from KETS and PQShield, while Riverlane is providing a resource estimation tool for estimates for the number of qubits and time required for running a Computational Fluid Dynamics application on a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

A hollow core optical fibre cell has been designed and fabricated by the University of Bath for use in quantum memory while the University of Bristol is integrating different quantum key distribution (QKD) solutions, facilitating both intra-data centre and multi-access security.

“The Quantum Data Centre of the Future project represents a significant step towards developing a quantum internet, with access to quantum resources in future data centres. Even before full-scale quantum computers are available, it is crucial to prove that they can be fully integrated into the next generation internet,” said Andrew Lord, Senior Manager, Optical Networks and Quantum Research at BT.

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