An interesting collaboration!
Siemens and Pasqal (which specialises in neutral atom-based quantum computing) have initiated a multi-year collaboration to investigate how quantum computing may be used to improve the accuracy of digital-twin simulations.
Pasqal claims to have made a breakthrough in the field of non-linear differential equations. Its researchers have created a digital-analog implementation for its neutral-atom quantum computers that, according to the company, is 30 times more efficient than superconducting quantum processor implementations.
Pasqal says that it will work with Siemens to solve difficult non-linear differential equations using its proprietary quantum technologies. Siemens’ computer-aided product design and testing software will leverage these to help clients in industries like automotive, electronics, energy, and aerospace.
Pasqal’s quantum computing method uses optical “tweezers” to control neutral atoms (atoms having an equal number of electrons and protons). This solution employs laser light to create full-stack processors with great scalability, unprecedented interconnection, and lengthy coherence durations.
“Our collaboration with Siemens will explore how quantum computing can benefit Siemens’ customers who are looking for more accurate ‘digital-twin’ prototyping, which can reduce the need for costly and time-consuming physical prototyping in sectors like automotive, electronics, energy and aerospace,” said Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO and founder of Pasqal. “We are proud to collaborate with Siemens, a technology giant and innovator, to apply and expand our quantum solutions to solve real-world problems with significant business impact.”
Jean Claude Ercolanelli, Senior Vice President, Simulation and Test Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software, said, “Pasqal’s algorithms for solving differential equations and its neutral-atom quantum processors are ideally suited to solve the computational problems that are most relevant and challenging for our clients, and we look forward to working with Pasqal to advance this field.”
The collaboration’s first phase, which will last three and a half years, will include Siemens-funded research at Pasqal’s academic partner, Exeter University. It will include researchers from both companies and Exeter University.