OVHcloud and Atos are expanding their partnership to accelerate the development of quantum computers

Atos and OVHcloud, European cloud leader, announced in November 2021 that they wanted to expand their partnership. This has been done since the two companies revealed on June 9 that they had entered into a partnership in quantum computers: Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) will be available “as a service” in Cloud of ‘OVHcloud, which will provide research laboratories, Colleges, universities, start-ups and large companies have the opportunity to take advantage of this technology.

Quantum in France

France, although overtaken by the United States and China, which are investing heavily in quantum technology, has undeniable assets in this area: Nobel Prizes, Atos quantum simulators, and so on.

On January 21, 2021, Emmanuel Macron presented the Quantum Plan, the implementation of which had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Thus, in 2026, 1.8 billion euros will be allocated to research (especially computers, sensors and quantum communications), industry and education, funded by PIA4 and “France relaunch”.

Emmanuel Macron said:

“Quantum technology is one of the few keys to the future that France must have in hand. »

On January 5, the government launched the national quantum computing platform, set up by INRIA, CEA and GENCI, in collaboration with CNRS, which hosts the Very Large Calculation Center, located at CEA DAM (Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Renewable). energies).

On the other hand, the 1st conference of the France Quantum initiative, which aims to bring together the French and European quantum ecosystems and create the champions of tomorrow, will take place on 14 June in the Eiffel Tower. Fanny Bouton of OVHcloud and Cyril Allouche of Atos are among the speakers. It is in this context that Atos and OVHcloud announce the strengthening of their partnership.

Atos-OVHcloud partnership

Atos and OVHcloud have made it their mission to contribute to the development of the quantum ecosystem and to accelerate technological development in this sector. Thanks to these two European leaders, private and public actors in the ecosystem will benefit from a quantum programming environment, wherever they are, to develop and experiment with quantum software blocks. have a service », Pending the effective release of the first quantum computers.

QLM (Quantum Learning Machine), a platform for quantum simulation and software development, uses NVIDIA GPUs to dramatically increase the speed and scope of quantum simulations, accelerating research into quantum algorithms, quantum information science, new architectures of quantum processors, and hybrid architectures. systems connecting quantum and GPU. It achieves unmatched emulation capabilities in the market, making it possible to cover three different quantum programming modes (the gated model, the annealing model and the analog model). Its patented quantum compilation technology will pave the way for first-generation applications optimized for first-generation NISQ or Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum processors.

With QLM implemented at OVHcloud, users will be able to emulate circuits up to 38 qubits in double precision and solve quantum annealing problems up to 5,000 qubits.

The choice of Atos technology for its future developments will allow OVHcloud to offer quantum computer solutions in the form of Notebook Jupyter, which gives developers greater easy access. Designed according to free and open standards, the Notebook will offer a variable level of performance depending on the infrastructure, which will benefit from the work already done by the OVHcloud AI teams.

Thierry Souche, CTO, OVHcloud says:

“By announcing this partnership, OVHcloud confirms its ambition to address and make the most advanced technologies available to as many people as possible. The quantum revolution and the implementation of the first use cases will not be possible without the cloud, which guarantees a way of consumption and freedom of use. , capable of uniting expert societies. “

Emmanuel Le Roux, SVP, Director HPC, AI and Quantum, Atos, concludes:

“This partnership is a major step in the preparation for the quantum revolution. Thanks to OVHcloud, we can offer a ‘as a service’ Cloud version to democratize and share our quantum emulation technologies more broadly to prepare for the future. We are convinced that the future of high performance data processing lies in the hybridization of our technologies, between traditional data processing and the integration of co-processors, accelerators, quantum blocks and the cloud.Already a pioneer in quantum with the launch of our QLM in 2017, then the first emulator on the market , this strategic partnership with OVHcloud is a further step in our quantum strategy. “

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