Atos, an international leader in digital services, launches "Atos Quantum", an ambitious program to develop quantum computing solutions that offer unprecedented computing power, while enhancing its cyber security products to face with these new technologies.
The program was reviewed and launched in the presence of world-renowned quantum physicists and mathematicians:
On this occasion, Thierry Breton, CEO and Chairman of Atos, said: "The first quantum revolution, led in the early twentieth century by young Europeans of the likes of Einstein, Heisenberg, Pauli or Schrödinger, gave birth over the years to major inventions including superconductivity, transistor, laser, fiber-optic communications, MRI, GPS etc... Today, taking advantage of our expertise in supercomputers and cyber security, we are fully committed to the second quantum revolution that will disrupt all of our clients' business activities in the coming decades, from medicine to agriculture through finance and industries. It’s a real collective, human and technological adventure that opens up to us. For the one who liked the digital evolution they will love the quantum revolution.”
Atos Quantum targets notably the following developments and industrial integration:
Atos Quantum fits into Atos’ rich technological ecosystem. The Group already has 15 R&D centres and has created a new quantum research and development laboratory in France, near Paris, with a dedicated quantum team.
Atos Quantum also benefits from the dynamics of the Group in supercomputing, numerical simulation and cyber security. To simulate quantum computing, Atos Quantum can already rely on the computing power of the Bull sequana supercomputer, launched in April 2016, and its program to achieve exaflop performance - 1 billion billion operations per second.
Quantum computation is expected in the next decades to confront the explosion of data generated by the Big Data and the Internet of Things revolution. It should also generate significant advances in deep learning and artificial intelligence. To move forward on these critical issues, Atos intends to set up several partnerships with research centers and universities worldwide.