Digital Catapult Launches Quantum Technology Access Programme to Democratise Access to Quantum Computing

Digital Catapult Launches Quantum Data Centre Programme, Seeks Applicants With Tech Aptitude

Digital Catapult is launching a five-month Quantum Data Centre of the Future Technology Access Programme. The programme, delivered in a hybrid format, requires a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Applicants will be assessed on their ability to identify use cases relevant to quantum computing, their commitment to the programme, and their basic knowledge of programming and maths. The programme will focus on three quantum computing use cases: optimisation, machine learning, and simulation. Participants will receive training on quantum computing fundamentals and will work with experts from Digital Catapult, ORCA, and Riverlane.

Selection Criteria for Quantum Data Centre Programme

The Quantum Data Centre of the Future Technology Access Programme, run by Digital Catapult, ORCA, Riverlane, KETS, and PQ Shield, has outlined three main criteria for selecting successful applicants. Firstly, applicants should be able to identify use cases relevant to quantum computing or belong to an industry sector with relevant use cases. Secondly, they should be able to commit 8-10 hours a week for the programme. Lastly, a basic knowledge of programming, such as Python, and a basic understanding of maths, such as complex numbers, is desirable. Applicants should also show technical aptitude. The top 12 applicants will be shortlisted based on these criteria.

Programme Commitment and Key Dates

The Quantum Data Centre programme will run for five months in a hybrid format, requiring 8-10 hours of commitment per week. This includes 4 hours of contact time with quantum technologists and experts from the consortium partners. The programme will kick off with an introduction and networking event at Digital Catapult’s offices on the 19th of September 2023, and conclude with a demonstration and programme showcase event in early February 2024.

Programme Prerequisites and Support

While a basic knowledge of programming and maths is recommended, the programme will provide training in these areas before the start. Even if applicants do not have a predefined use case in quantum computing, those from industry sectors with relevant use cases will be accepted. These sectors include energy, construction, automotive, transportation, advanced manufacturing, material science, pharmaceutical, telecoms, media, and entertainment. Quantum technologists and experts from the consortium will assist in defining and developing the most valuable use case for each business.

Hands-On Experience and Support from the Consortium

Participants will be able to run simulations and demonstrate business problems on the ORCA PT-1 co-processor. They will also be able to simulate an example QSVT solution for a well-known matrix structure on IBM Qiskit. In addition to the core programme structure, participants will have regular weekly Tech 1:1s sessions and bookable support time with the consortium partners.

Programme Structure and Outcomes

The programme will focus on three quantum computing use cases: optimisation, machine learning, and simulation. Participants use cases will be categorised into these three streams. The programme structure includes education and training on the fundamentals of quantum computing and tools for simulating quantum systems. Participants will work with experts to match their problems to quantum computing algorithms and run simulations of these algorithms. They will also be able to run some of these algorithms on a real quantum computer and further develop a quantum computing use case for their business.

Digital Catapult will assign scores to each selection criteria and shortlist top 12 applicants. Additional Interview stage may be required if the scores of some applications are equal and/or if anything is in doubt.

Most importantly, quantum technologists and experts from Digital Catapult, ORCA and Riverlane will help you define and develop the use case that will bring the most value to your business as part of the QTAP programme.

Organisers will triage the participants’ use cases into these three categories, and based on this triage participants will be assigned into an optimisation, machine learning, or fault tolerant computing streams.

After onboarding, participants will receive education and training on the fundamentals of quantum computing, and the tools to be used for simulation of quantum systems. Participants will work with experts to match the end user’s problems to quantum computing algorithms. Participants will then carry out their own research to run simulations of quantum algorithms relevant for their problems. Finally, there will be an opportunity to explore running some of these algorithms on a real quantum computer and further develop a Quantum Computing use case for their business.

Executive Summary

Digital Catapult is launching a five-month Quantum Data Centre of the Future Technology Access Programme, selecting participants based on their ability to identify relevant use cases for quantum computing, commitment to the programme, and basic knowledge of programming and maths. The programme, delivered in a hybrid format, will provide education and training on quantum computing fundamentals, allow participants to run simulations of quantum algorithms relevant to their business problems, and offer the opportunity to explore running these algorithms on a real quantum computer.

  • Digital Catapult is running a Quantum Data Centre of the Future Technology Access Programme (QTAP) for a duration of five months, requiring a commitment of 8-10 hours per week.
  • The programme will be delivered in a hybrid format, with most interactions online and official events at Digital Catapult’s offices.
  • Applicants will be assessed based on their ability to identify use cases relevant for quantum computing, their commitment to the programme, and their basic knowledge of programming and maths.
  • The programme will focus on three quantum computing use cases: optimisation, machine learning, and simulation. Participants will be assigned to one of these streams based on their use cases.
  • Consortium partners, including ORCA and Riverlane, will provide regular support and training to participants.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to run simulations on quantum systems and explore running algorithms on a real quantum computer.
  • The programme is open to multiple participants per application to accommodate the high commitment level.
  • The programme will kick off on 19th September 2023 and conclude with a showcase event in February 2024.

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