Pasqal Provides CEA with Quantum Computer Exceeding 100 Qubits

Pasqal, a French start-up specializing in quantum computing with neutral atoms, announced on June 19 the delivery of a quantum computer to the Very Large Computing Center (TGCC) of Central commission of nuclear energy (CEA). This infrastructure, based in Bruyères-le-Châtel (Île-de-France), is dedicated to high-performance computing.

Working on hybrid use cases

Pasqal's quantum computer was acquired in 2022 by GENCI, a public research structure owned by the State, the CEA, the CNRS, France Universités and Inria, responsible for providing computing resources. It will be connected to the Joliot-Curie supercomputer, inaugurated at the end of 2017 and having a computing power of 22 petaflops. Until now, researchers could test their algorithms with different emulators, such as Eviden's Qaptiva, Pasqal's Pulser and Quandela's Perceval.


This operation aims to enable French and European researchers to work on hybrid use cases, mixing quantum computing and classical supercomputing, and to experiment with their research on “real” hardware. For Philippe Lavocat, Chairman and CEO of Genci, this is a “big step towards the commissioning of a cold atom quantum machine”. Pasqal cites practical applications in banking, logistics, transportation and energy network management.

Another processor installed in Germany this year

As part of the High-Performance Computer and Quantum Simulator Hybrid (HPCQS) project, co-financed by the European high-performance computing company EuroHPC Ju and Genci, another quantum processor will be installed this year in Germany, at the Juliers research center. . It will be coupled with the Jureca supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the world.

In the process, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services company and subsidiary of the Indian group of the same name, announced its partnership with Pasqal, in order to provide “quantum computing solutions to businesses around the world”. This partnership also involves the birth of a quantum laboratory in Paris, within the TCS innovation center.

This partnership comes a month after the signing of an agreement between Pasqal and the Saudi public oil company Aramco, to install a 200-qubit quantum machine by next year. More recently, the start-up entered into a partnership with IBM to develop hybrid architectures, particularly in materials science and chemistry.


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