Today: Jun 14, 2024

Rolls-Royce, Riverlane, NQCC turbocharge materials discovery with quantum computing

6 months ago
  • Rolls-Royce has partnered with quantum computing start-up Riverlane and the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) for the Quantum Accelerator for Materials Design (QuaMaD) project.
  • The project aims to build computational tools to simulate large, complex materials on a quantum computer, assisting in the development of new materials.
  • Riverlane’s Quantum Error Correction Stack technology will play a crucial role in reducing errors at the qubit level, enabling quantum computers to perform trillions of error-free operations.
  • The outcomes of the project will be integrated into Riverlane’s Quantum Error Correction Stack, Deltaflow, for quantum computers.

Riverlane, a quantum computing start-up, has announced a strategic partnership with Rolls-Royce for the QuaMaD project. The project involves building computational tools capable of simulating large, complex materials on a quantum computer. These simulations will aid in the development and improvement of new materials.

Riverlane is addressing the issue of errors in quantum computing with its Quantum Error Correction Stack. This technology detects, diagnoses, and rectifies quantum errors as they occur, thereby allowing quantum computers to perform trillions of error-free operations. This project, carried out in conjunction with the NQCC, will significantly reduce the number of qubits (quantum bits) needed for simulating new materials.

Earl Campbell, VP of Quantum Science at Riverlane, explained, “Riverlane’s Quantum Error Correction Stack sits between the qubit and application layers of the quantum computing stack. Reducing errors at the qubit level lowers the number of qubits needed to run complex algorithms. We also need better algorithms to help minimize the number of required qubits and unlock applications that are impossible on a classical machine – such as the simulation of new materials.”

Leigh Lapworth, Rolls-Royce Fellow in Computational Science, expressed excitement about the potential of quantum computing to revolutionize the understanding and design of new materials. This collaboration with Riverlane and NQCC marks their first Quantum Chemistry project.

The tools and knowledge gained from this project will be incorporated into Riverlane’s Quantum Error Correction Stack, Deltaflow, suitable for quantum computers. The QuaMaD project is funded by Innovate UK, which promotes the adoption of quantum computing in key sectors of the UK economy, aligning with the objectives of the UK National Quantum Strategy.