A US-UK partnership report in a news release that the successful demonstration of a quantum operating system running on a unique, chip-scale integrated quantum computing architecture represents a key stage in the development a scalable quantum computer.
Seeqc, the Digital Quantum Computing company, has achieved this through a partnership with Riverlane, UK developer of the first universal quantum operating system, Deltaflow.OS. The success represents an important demonstration of the portability of Deltaflow.OS.
“In its most simple terms, we have put something that once filled a room onto a chip the size of a coin, and it works,” said Dr. Matthew Hutchings, who came through the QTEC programme in 2017/18 and is the London-based chief product officer and co-founder of Seeqc.
Tight integration of Deltaflow.OS on Seeqc’s platform will enable Seeqc to maximise the low-latency performance available through its chip-scale technology. Low-latency performance is important for running quantum algorithms efficiently and achieving quantum advantage.
“THIS IS AS SIGNIFICANT FOR THE FUTURE OF QUANTUM COMPUTERS AS THE MICROCHIP ITSELF WAS FOR COMMERCIALISING TRADITIONAL COMPUTERS, ALLOWING THEM TO BE PRODUCED COST-EFFECTIVELY AND AT SCALE.”
Seeqc and Riverlane make up an important part of the UK quantum technology sector, and co-location in the UK is key to achieving tight system integration.
Hutchings said: “This is the first time we have built an integrated quantum computing chip based on our unique scalable architecture and run a program on it. We achieved stability and full-stack control and, in so doing, also a remarkable moment for the evolution of quantum computing.”
“This is as significant for the future of quantum computers as the microchip itself was for commercialising traditional computers, allowing them to be produced cost-effectively and at scale,” Hutchings continued.
Dr. Steve Brierley, Founder and CEO of Riverlane said: “This successful demonstration of Deltaflow.OS onto Seeqc’s hardware is hugely encouraging. By combining quantum hardware and software expertise, we have solved a key challenge in quantum computing; ensuring portability and high performance across different qubit technologies.”
This important milestone was achieved by Seeqc’s UK team, which is focused on design and system integration. The work was supported by the NISQ.OS Innovate UK grant and achieved using the advanced commercial quantum measurement facilities at QUES2T, operated by University College London. Seeqc is constructing a state-of-the-art lab facility in central London, due for completion in October and designed to support platform product development.