This will be Rigetti’s first installation outside of the United States and the system will be located in Abingdon, U.K. They will be joined by Oxford Instruments, University of Edinburgh, quantum software start-up Phasecraft, and Standard Chartered Bank. The effort will be funded by the government’s Quantum Technologies Challenge, led by UK Research & Innovation along with matching funds from the consortium’s partners.
The initial installation is expected to become available over the cloud to end users in the second half of 2021 and will consist of a scaled up version of Rigetti’s current 32 qubit Aspen chip technology that will be available in this timeframe while using Oxford Instrument’s Proteox dilution refrigerator. The Abingdon installation will track the regular system improvements that Rigetti plans to make in their quantum machine located in Berkeley. It will initially use the Quantum Cloud Service (QCS) software platform that Rigetti uses in the U.S., but could be compatible with other third party platforms in the future.
The primary goal of the effort is to provide commercial quantum computing capabilities to users in the U.K. rather than undertaking basic R&D. Among the other participants, the University of Edinburgh will develop new ways of testing quantum hardware and verify the performance of quantum programs. They will also work with Standard Chartered Bank to advance quantum machine learning applications for finance. Phasecraft will use its deep knowledge of quantum algorithms and high-efficiency quantum software to harness this hardware for near-term applications in materials design, energy, and pharmaceuticals.
For more information you can read the press announcement provided by Rigetti here.
September 2, 2020