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News Atos wins UK quantum simulator contract – HPC News Analysis

Atos has accepted a £24m settlement with the UK government over a major supercomputing contract award (HPE’s weather supercomputer for the UK Met Office) following news that the UK has purchased a second unit from Atos Quantum Computing Simulator.

According to Bidstats, a UK website that provides information on government contract awards, a quantum learning machine (QLM) is a quantum simulator — a computer system designed to simulate the behavior of a quantum computer. The system being procured allows for the simulation of quantum computers of up to 38 qubits and comes with three years of support and maintenance. The contract was awarded by UK Research & Innovation.

The Hartley Centre, a facility near Liverpool that enables UK businesses and the public sector to explore new technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, already has a unit,” and is buying a second unit to address resource concerns for a large number of users Want access,” according to a notice on Bidstats.

Atos QLM uses Atos’ BullSequana X800 server and generates simulations of quantum computers based on three different quantum programming models – the gate model, the annealing model and the simulation model. It launched in 2017.

A focus of the Hartree Center is its support for industrial supercomputing applications, “meaning that businesses have access to expertise and HPC that are often not available outside of large industry and academia,” said a member of Data Center Dynamics. According to the report. “The center houses the 4 petaflops Scafell Pike Bull Sequana X1000 and the existing Atos Quantum Learning Machine, as well as a Bull Atos Nvidia DGX1 Max-Q system at Oxford called Jade 2. It previously hosted the 1.4 teraflops IBM Blue Gene/Q Blue Joule supercomputer , and then transferred to the DiRAC facility at Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology in 2016.”

Atos has announced a deal to supply QLM to Galicia Supercomputing Center, Leibniz Supercomputing Center and OVHcloud.

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