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Atos delivers ‘world’s highest-performing’ quantum computer simulator to Total

Atos has delivered its Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), which it claims is the world’s highest-performing commercially available quantum simulator, to French multinational energy company Total.

Combining a high-powered, compact machine with a universal programming language, the Atos QLM enables researchers and engineers to develop and experiment with quantum software.

It simulates the laws of physics, which are at the very heart of quantum computing, to compute the exact execution of a quantum program with double-digit precision.

Quantum simulation will find concrete applications within the Total group such as molecular and materials chemistry, the optimisation of energy networks, vehicle fleets or industrial tools and, in the longer term, seismic imaging and fluid mechanics.

“We will develop a quantum approach to different research issues covering all our businesses to explore new ways of solving problems and improve performance and efficiency,” said Marie-Noëlle Semeria, R&D Director at Total.

“Through our program focused on the future of quantum computing, Atos is working closely with researchers and engineers around the globe, such as Total, to support them with tools to drive significant technological advances,” said Sophie Proust, Atos CTO.

“The Atos Quantum Learning Machine enables businesses such as Total to develop and experiment with quantum processes and delivers superior simulation capabilities to speed innovation.”

In November 2016, Atos launched an ambitious program to anticipate the future of quantum computing and to be prepared for the opportunities as well as the risks that come with it.

As a result of this initiative, the company was the first to successfully model quantum noise.

To date, the company has installed Quantum Learning Machines in numerous countries including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, and the United States empowering major research programs in various sectors.