UK to benchmark quantum computer hardware

UK to benchmark quantum computer hardware

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By Nick Flaherty

The UK government is funding a £30m programme to develop several quantum computer hardware testbeds for benchmarking the state of the technology.

The R&D projects will fund up to £7m for a prototype quantum computer for the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC).NQCC as a lead customer and end user. The quantum systems must be developed for the purpose of testing, benchmarking, and exploratory applications development.

The aim of this competition is to develop and deliver testbeds that accelerate growth of UK’s supply base, technological and infrastructure capabilities. This aims to accelerate the growth in user adoption of quantum computing, and the industry and developer ecosystem and explore critical bottlenecks and further improve understanding of technology readiness, integration and performance.

The testbed must be located in a suitable facility within the UK, or at the NQCC premises in Harwell, Oxfordshire and the testbed function and performance results will be appraised by the NQCC. Quantum computers in the UK include systems from Oxford Quantum Circuits, Orca, Phasecraft and Quantinuum as well as one from US developer Rigetti. The competition could see others set up systems in the UK.

Future access to the testbeds would be covered under a separate, non-commercial R&D agreement with NQCC. The competition opened on Monday and closes on Wednesday 4 October 2023 at 11:00am with applications here

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