Thursday, 31 March 2022 11:49

Q-Ctrl and The Paul Scherrer Institute study how quantum computing research can be applied into building systems at scale


Q-Ctrl partners with The Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland’s largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences, to pioneer research and development in the scale-up of quantum computers.

The partnership will leverage Q-Ctrl and The Paul Scherrer Institute’s (PSI) expertise to deliver transformational capabilities to the broader research community.

This partnership builds on the collaboration of PSI and ETH Zurich, a premier public research universities and a quantum science powerhouse, who formed the ETH Zurich - PSI Quantum Computing Hub in May 2021 on PSI's campus in Villigen.

Both are working to translate quantum computing research into building systems at scale, and have partnered with Q-Ctrl to provide the critical infrastructure software tools for system characterisation, AI-based automation, and hardware optimisation that are essential for large-scale quantum computing to become reality.

“Q-Ctrl’s focus on solving the automation and performance challenges in large-scale quantum computing align perfectly with the PSI Quantum Computing Hub’s mission,” says Q-Ctrl founder and CEO professor Michael J. Biercuk.

As PSI seeks to scale up quantum hardware, Q-Ctrl’s expertise in quantum control and AI-based automation makes the company a natural fit to help accelerate the pathway to the first useful quantum computers.

Both teams have extensive experience in quantum computing based on trapped ions, including specialised approaches in error correction leveraging the unique properties of trapped ions.

Together, PSI and Q-Ctrl will solve the critical challenges enabling large-scale, quantum-error-corrected quantum computing to become a reality.

"Q-Ctrl’s hardware agnostic, yet hardware-aware tools will be very valuable in finding optimal control solutions that ensure uniform performance across larger qubit arrays,” explains PSI group head ion trap quantum computing Dr. Cornelius Hempel.

“As we go to larger and larger machines and continuous operation of testbeds, efficient and automated tuneup and calibration procedures become an essential aspect of day-to-day operations - it’s just not possible to continue using brute-force approaches at scale. Our team is very excited to leverage the tools the Q-Ctrl team has developed in this space."

The computational power of quantum computing is expected to deliver transformational capabilities in applications ranging from drug discovery and enterprise logistics to finance, says Q-Ctrl.

However, the underlying hardware is extremely unstable and fragile, hampering these machines from reaching their full potential.

Q-Ctrl is focused on delivering hardware-agnostic and fully automated error-suppressing enterprise software that will enable useful quantum computing for organisations around the world.

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