The grant will be made to a consortium led by Riverlane with additional participants from SeeQC, Hitachi Europe, Universal Quantum, Duality Quantum Photonics, Oxford Ionics, Oxford Quantum Circuits, UK-based chip designer ARM, and the National Physical Laboratory by the UK government’s Industrial Challenge Strategy Fund.

The project will create a new quantum operating system named Deltaflow.OS which is intended to be installed on every quantum computer in the UK. It will be technology agnostic, at least at the higher level, and support quantum computers made with superconducting, ion trap, photonics, and silicon technologies. Riverlane will lead development of the software while hardware providers SeeQC, Oxford Quantum Circuits, Hitachi Europe, Universal Quantum, Oxford Ionics, and Duality Quantum Photonics will develop firmware to interface Deltaflow.OS to their quantum processors. ARM will be developing control systems emulators and the National Physical Laboratory will coordinate definition of a standardized interface. Up until now, quantum operating platforms have been dominated by U.S. based companies including IBM (Qiskit), Google (Cirq), Rigetti (Forest), Microsoft (Q#), and soon Amazon.  So this will provide a British alternative that will support a variety of different quantum computers.

An improved quantum chemistry algorithm running on an emulated versino of Deltaflow.OS. Credit: Riverlane

This is the second £7 million grant that the UK government has funded recently.  Last month, we reported on a ₤7 million (about $8.7M USD) grant for superconducting quantum computer development to a team a team led by OQC and including Oxford Quantum Circuits, SeeQC UK, Oxford Instruments, Kelvin Nanotechnology, University of Glasgow and the Royal Holloway University of London.

For more information about the grant and Deltaflow.OS, you can view the news release on the Riverlane web site here.  Also, SeeQC UK issued a separate press release announcing their participation in both programs that you can view here.