CQC and Oxford Quantum Circuits Kick-Off Innovate UK Quantum Compiler & Quantum Algorithms Project

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, March 28, 2018 —Further to the announcement on 7 November 2017, Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) and Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) are delighted to confirm that they have commenced a quantum compiler and quantum algorithms project granted under an Innovate UK award as part of the UK Quantum Computing Initiative.

Pursuant to the award, CQC will lead the development of a compiler of quantum algorithms onto OQC’s quantum computing architecture. Additionally, CQC and OQC will jointly research applications best suited to the OQC’s superconducting device. As a result OQC will develop and assess prototypes of different quantum circuit layouts, working jointly with Oxford University. These strands will lead to a demonstration by the end of the 1 year project period, of a well-chosen algorithm, compiled using the CQC compiler, and run on an optimal OQC quantum circuit.

Understanding how quantum programs are mapped to the architecture will also inform the design decisions for the next generation device built by OQC. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of these decisions by prototyping the key concept in hardware. The new software plus prototyped hardware will demonstrate a step change in the capabilities of the next generation quantum computer built by OQC.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the United Kingdom’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. For further information visit www.innovateuk.gov.uk

About Cambridge Quantum Computing

Established in 2014, Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) is a world leading independent quantum computing company combining expertise in Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Chemistry, Optimisation and Pattern Recognition. We design solutions that will benefit from quantum computing even in its earliest forms. In Quantum Technologies for example, CQC have developed a state of the art process for secure communications; and in our core quantum computing team we have designed and built a platform agnostic compiler that allows early stage Quantum Computers to maximise their efficiency.

About Oxford Quantum CircuitsOxford Quantum Circuits, founded by Dr Peter Leek (Oxford) in June 2017, is developing quantum computers based on superconducting electric circuits. In order to perform any useful quantum computing, it is necessary to implement an architecture consisting of a large number of qubits, with couplings between them, as well as wiring to enable control and readout. OQC are working on a novel architecture that combines high coherence planar qubit circuits with 3D control and readout wiring to address the scaling challenge.

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