ORCA Computing to ship photonic quantum computing AI testbed

ORCA Computing to ship photonic quantum computing AI testbed

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By Nick Flaherty

A consortium led by ORCA Computing is to build and supply a quantum computing AI testbed for the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) in the UK.

ORCA is developing a photonic quantum computing testbed for machine learning called Asteroidea. This will use a hybrid quantum/classical neural network architectures and photonic quantum processors. The company will complete delivery and installation of the system at the NQCC’s facilities on Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire by March 2025.  

The testbed will be an industry first, integrating multiple photon sources in a single system to accelerate the development of quantum computing applications. The testbed will also be tightly integrated with a GPU-based HPC cluster to provide the hybrid quantum-classical capabilities necessary for real-world applications. Partners include Sparrow Quantum, Bay Photonics, RedWave, NVIDIA, AMAX and Imperial College. 

This is one of a number of  quantum hardware projects announced by the NQCC in a £30m testbed project to test out different types of quantum hardware, from photonics to spin qubits. Other companies in the testbed include AEGIQ in Sheffield, Cold Quanta UK in Warwick, Oxford Ionics, QuEra Computing in  Exeter, Rigetti UK and Quantum Motion.

“We’re delighted that ORCA has been selected to sit alongside other globally leading platforms at the NQCC, the focal point for quantum computing in the UK,” expressed Richard Murray, PhD, Co-founder, and CEO of ORCA Computing. “Our testbed will allow users to test and develop multiple different photonic quantum computing architectures, accelerating their identification of real applications and use cases.”




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