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CSC acquires Atos Quantum Learning Machine to prepare for the quantum era

CSC – The Finnish IT Center for Science procures a Quantum Learning Machine by Atos, a global leader in digital transformation. This 30-qubit Quantum Learning Machine – called Kvasi – gives the Finnish academia the means to prepare for the upcoming era of quantum computing. Kvasi will be opened for researchers’ use in near future.

With the Atos QLM30, CSC brings together users from academia and industry, in order to acquire skills and develop further expertise in the field of quantum computing. The QLM enables advance study of applications of quantum theory, thereby creating new technologies and solutions for a wide range of problems. 

– Kvasi will bring a novel and interesting addition to CSC’s computing environment. The quantum processor simulator enables learning and design of quantum algorithms, supported by an ambitious user program. All end-users of CSC’s computing services will have an access to Kvasi, said Dr. Pekka Manninen, Program Director at CSC.

The Atos QLM consists of an accessible programming environment, optimization modules to adapt the code to targeted quantum hardware constraints, and simulators that allow users to test their algorithms and visualize their computation results. This allows for realistic simulation of existing and future quantum processing units, which suffer from quantum noise, quantum decoherence, and manufacturing biases. Performance bottlenecks can thus be identified and circumvented.

– We are proud to be recognized by CSC as a trusted partner and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the competitiveness of the Finnish research and academic community. The Atos Quantum Learning Machine will allow researchers, engineers and students to develop and experiment with quantum software without having to wait for quantum machines to be available", said Harri Saikkonen, Managing Director, Atos in the Nordics.

This is a new step in the partnership relationship between Atos and CSC. Atos and CSC signed an agreement on the new supercomputing system in 2018.

Finland is at the forefront of quantum research. In 2016, Finnish and American researchers were the first in the world to observe and tie a quantum knot, using CSC computers to drive key simulations. In 2020, researchers from CSC, Aalto University and Åbo Akademi and their collaborators from Boston University, demonstrated for the first time how the noise impacts on quantum computing in a systematic way.

Further information

Pekka Manninen, Program Director, CSC
+358 50 381 2831

Mikael Johansson, Technology Strategist, CSC
+358 40 752 6291

Harri Saikkonen, Managing Director, Atos in the Nordics
+358 40 760 0187

Michaela Lindqvist, Marketing & Communications Manager, Atos in the Nordics
+358 445 729 451

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Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 12 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos|Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (SocietasEuropaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space.