Partnership brings quantum computing capabilities to STFC Hartree

Partnership brings quantum computing capabilities to STFC Hartree

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Quantinuum has signed a Joint Statement of Endeavour with the STFC Hartree Centre, one of Europe’s largest supercomputing centers dedicated to industry engagement, to provide ion-trap quantum computing capabilities for both on-premise and cloud access by researchers.

Both organisations aim to leverage quantum computing to support UK businesses and research organizations in exploring quantum advantage in chemistry, computational biology, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

“As we accelerate quantum computing, the Hartree Centre and the UK quantum ecosystem will be on the forefront of building solutions powered by quantum computers at scale,” said Raj Hazra, CEO of Quantinuum.

“Quantinuum’s H-Series hardware will benefit scientists across various areas of research, including exascale computing algorithms, fusion energy development, climate resilience and more,” said Kate Royse, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre. “This partnership also furthers our five-year plan to unlock the high growth potential of advanced digital technologies for UK industry.”

The Hartree Centre is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) — within UK Research and Innovation — building on a wealth of established scientific heritage and a network of international expertise. The center’s experts collaborate with industry and the research community to explore the latest technologies, upskill teams and apply practical digital solutions across supercomputing, data science and AI. 

Quantinuum’s H-Series quantum computers are the highest-performing in the world, having consistently held the world record for quantum volume, a widely used benchmark for quantum computing performance, for over three years and currently standing at 220.

In April 2024, Quantinuum and Microsoft reported a breakthrough demonstration of four reliable logical qubits using quantum error correction — an important technology necessary for practical quantum computing. During the same month, Quantinuum extended its industry leadership with its H-Series computer becoming the first to achieve “three 9s” — 99.9% — two-qubit gate fidelity across all qubit pairs in a production device, a critical milestone that enables fault-tolerant quantum computing.

This achievement was immediately available to Quantinuum customers, who depend on using the very best quantum hardware and software, enabling them to push the boundaries on new solutions in areas such as materials development, drug discovery, machine learning, cybersecurity, and financial services.

Quantinuum — formerly known as Cambridge Quantum prior to its 2021 combination with Honeywell Quantum Solutions — was one of the UK government’s delivery partners, following the 2014 launch of the National Quantum Technologies Programme. Cambridge Quantum ran the Quantum Readiness Programme for several years to inspire UK business and industry to invest in quantum computing to explore the potential use cases of this revolutionary technology.

Earlier this year, Quantinuum was selected as a winner in the £15m SBRI Quantum Catalyst Fund, to support the UK Government in delivering the benefits of quantum technologies, with an initial focus on simulating actinide chemistry using quantum computers.

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