Quantum Brilliance teams for scalable room temperature quantum technology

Quantum Brilliance teams for scalable room temperature quantum technology

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By Nick Flaherty

Quantum Brilliance has signed a strategic collaboration with a UK lab to boost the development of room-temperature diamond quantum devices.

The deal with the UK-based Hartree Centre, one of Europe’s largest multi‐disciplinary scientific research organisations, will integrate room temperature diamond quantum accelerators with high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

Quantum computing is in an early stage referred to as the noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) era and a hybrid approach, with classical working in parallel with quantum, is currently considered optimal. The Hartree Centre will use the accelerators to improve classical‐quantum algorithm scalability on NISQ devices.

Quantum Brilliance, based in Germany and Australia,, has developed room-temperature quantum accelerators that provide parallel hybrid computing for practical industry challenges. These have been integrated into a supercomputing centre in Germany but scalability issues currently limit the application of quantum computing to industry‐relevant challenges, such as in chemistry, drug discovery and finance.

The quantum computer uses synthetic diamonds to operate at room temperature in any environment. Unlike large mainframe quantum computers, Quantum Brilliance’s small-form devices do not require cryogenics, vacuum systems or precision laser arrays, consuming significantly less power. Potential use cases include massively parallelised clusters of accelerators for computational chemistry and embedded accelerators for edge computing applications such as robotics and autonomous vehicles.

Currently the size of a desktop PC, the company is working to further miniaturise its technology to the size of a semiconductor chip that can be used on any device,

“We are pleased to work together with the STFC Hartree Centre on quantum parallelisation strategies,” said Quantum Brilliance Managing Director Mark Mattingley-Scott. “Our shared goal of accelerating greater and increasingly practical use of the portable, diamond quantum devices available today and in development for the near future will enable governments, industries, enterprises and more to begin their quantum journeys now and scale with each subsequent innovation.”

The two will provide practical proofs of concept of hybrid parallel algorithms, achieving new innovations and a path to massively parallelised HPC centres.

“We are looking forward to further enhancing, with Quantum Brilliance, room-temperature diamond quantum technology benefitting the economic growth and competitiveness of the UK,” said Prof. Katherine Royse, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre, “As we work together to create useful, meaningful impact on a tangible, human scale, we invite other organisations and individuals who share our commitment to join us in this endeavour.”

The Hartree Centre’s core expertise in HPC, parallel computing and de‐risking emerging technologies for industrial use, along with Quantum Brilliance’s Quantum Accelerator and Qristal Emulator software, can significantly improve the scalability of quantum-enhanced algorithms. The Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies Team at The Hartree Centre will be at the forefront of carrying out the work, using the Qristal SDK to develop and test novel quantum algorithms for real-world applications specifically designed for quantum accelerators.

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