Oxford Quantum Circuits

OQC becomes the first European quantum company on Amazon Braket.

Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), Europe’s leading Quantum Computing as-a-Service company, announced today that it debuted its latest system, Lucy, an 8-QPU quantum computer, on Amazon Braket.

With a new quantum processor from OQC, AWS is expanding Amazon Braket to support new quantum hardware for the first time since Braket’s general availability in August 2020, expanding the service to the AWS Europe (London) Region, a significant milestone in providing customers access to a Europe-based quantum processor. 

“Bringing OQC’s quantum computers to Amazon Braket is a natural step in bringing quantum to our customers’ fingertips and expanding our leadership in Europe. Our relationship with AWS is making it easier for businesses and researchers in Europe to access the power of quantum computing”, said Dr. Ilana Wisby, Chief Executive Officer of OQC.

Lucy is named after Lucy Mensing, a German scientist and quantum mechanics pioneer, in keeping with OQC’s tradition of naming its quantum computers after trailblazing women in STEM. Lucy joins Sophia, OQC’s machine that was released in July to kick off the company’s private Quantum Computing as-a-Service, a European first.

Ilana Wisby, CEO of quantum computing specialist Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC).
Ilana Wisby, CEO of quantum computing specialist Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC).

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New horizons for quantum in Europe

Located in the UK, Lucy will provide Europe-friendly up-time and low-latency to customers in the region, offering higher serviceability with operations and support when they need it. 

“Since launching Amazon Braket, our goal has been to offer customers access to different types of quantum hardware,” said Simone Severini, Director, Quantum Computing at AWS. “Starting today, customers can access OQC’s Lucy system on Amazon Braket, and, to support the launch, we are expanding the availability of Braket to the AWS London Region. This provides customers access to quantum hardware based in Europe for the first time, generating further momentum in the European landscape of organizations that are experimenting with quantum computing.”

The system’s presence in Europe also benefits data on- and near-shoring, which is a major problem for European governments and large enterprises with data residency and sovereignty obligations. Through OQC and Amazon Braket, these organizations now have access to a Europe-based quantum processor.

Recently, OQC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK’s National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) to boost quantum capability in the country. 

Less queuing, more uptime

OQC is able to scale its systems quickly without sacrificing speed thanks to the Coaxmon’s unique 3D architecture. Even when the number of qubits is increased in a stepwise manner, the parameters of its systems stay constant, ensuring that clients always get the same or higher performance.

To constantly respond to customer needs OQC also integrates third-party technology across its stack, offering world-class circuit optimization. OQC’s compiler is designed to optimize the number of gates needed to execute a circuit, and initial tests have shown nearly 4X improvements for a ZX-calculus-based circuit. These optimizations provide shallower circuits and more accurate results. 

Finally, with the recent launch of Amazon Braket Hybrid Jobs, a feature in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service that simplifies the use of quantum processors alongside classical processors, OQC is well-positioned to assist customers in exploring the potential of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms. OQC’s systems are hybrid workload-ready thanks to preferential access to quantum processors for the length of each hybrid operation. Customers now have the tools they need to explore the promise of quantum computing while mitigating the weaknesses of the NISQ era, thanks to these new capabilities.

QEDMA, a quantum computing software company, based in Israel, developing algorithms and software for quantum hardware developers and end-users; and Quantum Computing Inc. (QCI), based in the United States, offering ready-to-run quantum software and services to solve complex optimization computations, were the first to access Lucy, in private preview. 

“Access to OQC hardware via Amazon Braket means we’re able to make use of the full suite of AWS services as we apply our software which helps users learn and mitigate errors in their quantum computing applications,” said Dr. Asif Sinay, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of QEDMA Quantum Computing. “With AWS, we’re able to combine quantum computers via Braket with classical computing resources like GPUs to build high performance and fully integrated solutions. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with OQC now with the additional capabilities that AWS can provide.”

QCI customers use the Qatalyst platform to make business decisions using quantum-ready classical and/or quantum computers. “By running Qatalyst on AWS, customers can easily explore their best path to quantum with no need for quantum expertise or complex programming,” said Robert Liscouski, CEO of QCI. “Being able to quickly assess the capabilities of the latest quantum hardware is critical in helping our customers in their quantum exploration. With the launch of the Lucy system from OQC on Amazon Braket, our engineers and customers have even more resources available to explore quantum innovation more easily.”

OQC is Europe’s leading pure-play Quantum Computing as-a-Service company. We bring quantum computing to our customers’ fingertips and enable them to make breakthrough discoveries. www.oxfordquantumcircuits.com

Source: OQC

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