Rigetti build first UK commercial quantum computing system

October 07, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Rigetti build first UK commercial quantum computing system
Quantum computing system is designed to be easily scalable to larger numbers of qubits and more advanced architectures to future proof commercial services.

Rigetti and its partners have completed building its first quantum computing system in the UK and plan to make it available through Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services in early 2022.

The commercial quantum computer, which Rigetti says is the first in the UK is part of an Innovate UK project including Oxford Instruments, University of Edinburgh, quantum software start-up Phasecraft, and Standard Chartered Bank.

The quantum chips are built at Rigetti’s Fab-1, the industry’s only dedicated captive quantum foundry, to developing next generation hardware in partnership with Oxford Instruments,(OI) and designing quantum algorithms tailored to real world problems in finance and materials science, led by the University of Edinburgh, Standard Chartered Bank, and Phasecraft.

The quantum computing system has been assembled and is now moving into testing and Quantum Processing Unit (QPU) characterisation and selection. This has only been possible through several other important achievements by the team, such as the delivery of the ProteoxLX cooling system and the set-up of the computing facility infrastructure by Oxford Instruments.

The quantum computer is hosted inside OI’s facility at Tubney Wood, where OI provides the equipment and infrastructure to operate the Proteox fridge in a resilient way, enabling long-term commercial operation of a quantum computer. OI and Rigetti collaborated closely to define the specifications to reach the project goals.

The system will be upgraded with a larger, higher quality quantum processor in the second half of 2022 while advancing high uptime fridge and hosting operations.

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