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Quantum computing

The promise of quantum computing

There are still some tasks our present “classical” computers can’t handle well. Finding a room temperature superconductor would help solve the world’s energy problems, yet research is blocked, in part, because classical computers can’t simulate quantum systems with many entangled particles. Medical research also suffers because classical computers can’t simulate large molecules and protein folding accurately. Optimisation and machine learning algorithms are sometimes limited by classical computing resource constraints. In the future all these difficult problems will be solved by quantum computers, leveraging their fundamentally different computing paradigm.

Some quantum algorithms require large, universal quantum computers, with thousands of error corrected qubits, and won’t be available for decades. Fortunately, there are other algorithms which promise to solve certain problems more cheaply and easily on quantum computers in the near future.

Business readiness

The quantum computing team at Digital Catapult is working with our industrial partners to separate the opportunities from the hype, and understand the specific problems that may be best solved on a quantum computer in the near future. We help our partners become “quantum ready” to reap the benefits of quantum computing, with future use cases including optimisation, simulation of physical systems and machine learning.

The quantum data centre

There has been little research in how quantum technologies can integrate with our existing data centres. We are working to develop a blueprint for a quantum/classical hybrid data centre with experts in classical data centres, networking, quantum computing and quantum communications.

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