Atos, OVHcloud prep quantum tech ‘as a service’

Atos and OVHcloud have struck a partnership in the field of quantum computing to make Atos’ quantum emulator available “as a service” through OVHcloud offers. 

This European premiere will make quantum emulations technologies more accessible, thereby expanding the quantum technologies’ ecosystem. 

Research laboratories, universities, startups and large companies will ultimately have the opportunity to design quantum software and explore pioneering applications well ahead of the market.

Both public and private players of this burgeoning ecosystem will have access to a quantum development environment wherever they are located, so they can develop and experiment “as a service” software bricks, ahead of the effective release of the first quantum computers.

By emulating a real quantum environment, this offering aims to reproduce the various approaches to quantum computation. Using the unique power of Atos’ SMP BullSequana X800 server, the Atos QLM achieves simulation capabilities, covering three different quantum programming modes (the gate model, the annealing model and the analogue model). 

When deployed within OVHcloud, users will be able to emulate circuits up to 38 qubits in double precision, and solve quantum annealing problems of up to 5,000+ qubits.

Scalable and interoperable, Atos’ QLM enables the development of hardware-independent quantum software layers in programme, annealing and analogue modes, thanks to its patented quantum compilation technology. 

This technology is also expected to pave the way for the first applications that are optimised for first generation processors known as NISQ or Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum.

In choosing Atos technology as an anchor for its future developments, OVHcloud will be in a position to offer quantum computation solutions through Jupyter Notebooks, offering developers easy access. 

Designed according to free and open standards, the Notebook will offer a variable level of performances depending on the infrastructure, which will benefit from the work already carried out by the artificial intelligence teams at OVHcloud.

“By announcing this partnership, OVHcloud confirms its ambition to address and make accessible to the greatest number of people the most advanced technologies,” said Thierry Souche, CTO, OVHcloud. 

Souche said the quantum revolution and the deployment of the first use cases cannot be achieved without the cloud, whose consumption mode and freedom of use are uniquely able to unite expert communities.”

“We are convinced that the future of high-performance computing lies in the hybridisation of our technologies, between traditional computing and the integration of co-processors, accelerators, quantum and cloud technologies,” said Emmanuel Le Roux, SVP and director of HPC, AI and Quantum at Atos.