UK Hartree centre to install Quantinuum quantum computer

UK Hartree centre to install Quantinuum quantum computer

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By Nick Flaherty

One of Europe’s largest supercomputing centres dedicated to industry engagement is to install one of the leading quantum computer systems.

The STFC Hartree Centre in Warrington is to install a Quantinuum H-Series trapped-ion quantum computer to provide access both on-premises and via the cloud.

Quantinuum is currently shipping its H2 quantum computer with 56 physical qubits. It plans to install the next generation Helios system with 10 error corrected logical qubits in 2025.

“Research and scientific discovery are central to our culture at Quantinuum, and we are proud to support the pioneers at the Hartree Centre,” said Raj Hazra, CEO of Quantinuum. “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.” 

The system will be used for exploring quantum advantage in quantum chemistry, computational biology, quantum artificial intelligence and quantum-augmented cybersecurity.

“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.”

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 was the first to 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.

Cambridge Quantum, the predecessor to Quantiunuum, ran the Quantum Readiness Programme for several years for UK business and industry to invest in quantum computing.

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