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Atos announces Q-score, the only universal metrics to assess quantum performance and superiority

Paris, December four, 2020

Atos introduces “Q-rating”, the very first universal quantum metrics, applicable to all programmable quantum processors. Atos’ Q-rating measures a quantum system’s efficiency at managing true-daily life troubles, those which cannot be solved by conventional personal computers, fairly than just measuring its theoretical effectiveness. Q-rating reaffirms Atos’ determination to provide early and concrete added benefits of quantum computing. About the previous 5 several years, Atos has turn out to be a pioneer in quantum applications as a result of its participation in industrial and tutorial partnerships and funded assignments, working hand-in-hand with industrials to build use-cases which will be equipped to be accelerated by quantum computing.

Faced with the emergence of a myriad of processor systems and programming approaches, businesses looking to commit in quantum computing will need a reputable metrics to help them pick the most productive path for them. Staying hardware-agnostic, Q-rating is an objective, easy and honest metrics which they can count on,” claimed Elie Girard, Atos CEO. “Since the start of ‘Atos Quantum’ in 2016, the very first quantum computing marketplace plan in Europe, our purpose has remained the exact same: advance the advancement of marketplace and exploration applications, and pave the way to quantum superiority.”

What does Q-rating measure?

These days the quantity of qubits (quantum units) is the most frequent figure of benefit for examining the effectiveness of a quantum process. However, qubits are unstable and vastly differ in high quality (pace, security, connectivity, and many others.) from one particular quantum technological innovation to one more (such as supraconducting, trapped ions, silicon and photonics), building it an imperfect benchmark device. By concentrating on the ability to resolve very well-acknowledged combinatorial optimization troubles, Atos Q-rating will deliver exploration centers, universities, firms and technological leaders with express, reputable, objective and equivalent benefits when resolving true-entire world optimization troubles.

Q-rating measures the genuine effectiveness of quantum processors when resolving an optimization problem, agent of the close to-time period quantum computing era (NISQ – Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum). To deliver a frame of reference for comparing effectiveness scores and preserve uniformity, Q-rating relies on a regular combinatorial optimization problem, the exact same for all assessments (the Max-Slice Difficulty, comparable to the very well-acknowledged TSP – Travelling Salesman Difficulty, see under). The rating is calculated based mostly on the maximum quantity of variables within such a problem that a quantum technological innovation can enhance (ex: 23 variables = 23 Q-rating or Qs).

Atos will manage the publication of a yearly list of the most potent quantum processors in the entire world based mostly on Q-rating. Owing in 2021, the very first report will include genuine self-assessments provided by suppliers.

Based on an open obtain computer software package, Q-rating is created on 3 pillars:

  • Application pushed: Q-rating is the only metrics process based mostly on close to-time period obtainable quantum algorithms and measures a quantum system’s capacity to resolve sensible operational troubles
  • Openness and ease of use: Common and cost-free, Q-rating added benefits from Atos’ technological innovation-neutral solution. Its computer software package, which include applications and methodology, does not call for heavy computation electricity to compute the metrics
  • Objectiveness and dependability: Atos brings together a hardware-agnostic, technological innovation-agnostic solution with a potent skills in algorithm design and optimization acquired working with major marketplace customers and technological innovation leaders in the quantum field​. The methodology utilised to build Q-rating will be built general public and open to evaluation.

A cost-free computer software package, which enables Q-rating to be run on any processor will be obtainable in Q1 2021. Atos invitations all suppliers to run Q-rating on their technological innovation and publish their benefits.

Thanks to the sophisticated qubit simulation abilities of the Atos Quantum Studying Machine (Atos QLM), its potent quantum simulator, Atos is equipped to compute Q-rating estimates for a variety of platforms. These estimates consider into account the properties publicly provided by the suppliers. Success vary all-around a Q-rating of fifteen Qs, but progress is rapid, with an approximated typical Q-rating relationship from one particular 12 months ago in the space of 10 Qs, and an approximated projected typical Q-rating relationship one particular 12 months from now to be higher than twenty Qs.

Q-rating has been reviewed by the Atos Quantum Advisory Board, a team of intercontinental professionals, mathematicians and physicists authorities in their fields, which achieved on
December four, 2020.