IonQ unveils quantum computing data centre
The facility, which was funded in part by a $5.5mn grant from the University of Maryland (and partly by a recent round of funding from several investors, ), spans 23,000 square feet and has been purpose built to be one of the world’s first quantum data centres.
The new data centre can accommodate 10 quantum computers. IonQ also says that, as its machines become increasingly compact and powerful, the facility will be able to scale up the number of machines it can host with each successive generation.
"This dedicated space will empower our employees and researchers with the best equipment and resources needed to continue advancing the field of quantum computing."
The announcement comes off the back of IonQ’s recent launch of the company’s most powerful quantum computer to date - claiming the device than the most powerful machines at IBM or Google - featuring 32 perfect atomic qubits with low gate errors and an expected quantum volume greater than 4,000,000.
For context, the latest generation IBM quantum computer recorded an expected quantum volume somewhere in the double digits, meaning the figure IonQ reported raised a few eyebrows.
IonQ President and CEO, Peter Chapman, , "Depending on the application, customers will need somewhere between 80 and 150 very high fidelity qubits and logic gates to see quantum advantage. Our goal is to double or more the number of qubits each year. With two new generations of hardware already in the works, companies not working with quantum now are at risk of falling behind.”
Currently, IonQ is working on the next three generations of its quantum computers, each of which it predicts to demonstrate exponentially increased performance over its existing machines.
Even as the high performance computing (HPC) data centre segment begins to pick up steam, the requirements of data centre architecture to support quantum computing could be a major growth area on the horizon. University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines believes that the new IonQ facility will have a pivotal role in the ushering of quantum computing towards more mainstream applications.
"Quantum computing technology will mature in this important new facility, and we are proud to partner with IonQ on it. The new data centre—with all its capabilities—will enhance our standing as a major international centre for the development of quantum science and computing."
Group Management: Superior compliance in construction
Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.
“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.”
Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.
“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.
“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”
Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces.
“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says.
“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”