s+c / Eviden
science + computing AG (s+c) with its headquarter located in the southern German university town Tübingen is a spin-off of Tübingen University’s astrophysics department and has been a premium high-end IT services and HPC provider for over 30 years. Customers are mainly the R&D departments of German industry’s key players such as automotive companies as well as universities and research data centres. Being a member of the French bull group since 2008, s+c belongs to Atos since 2015, and now to the Eviden group. Eviden is one of the European market leaders for Big Data, Cyber Security as well as Cloud and High Performance Computing. Eviden’s quantum activities focus on three domains: quantum programming and simulation platforms, next-generation quantum-powered supercomputers, as well as quantum-safe cybersecurity.
The quantum industry program of the group was initiated by Dr Cyril Allouche as early as in 2016. It is piloted by a Scientific Council with world-renowned members, among them two Nobel laureates. The program’s first product has been the “Quantum Learning Machine” (QLM), a premium quantum simulation appliance for scientific and industrial purpose. It has now been integrated into Qaptiva, a comprehensive simulation and integration platform for all fields of quantum computing.
Role within QSolid
In QSolid, the Quantum Learning Machine (QLM) will be a central component of HPC integration, not only for the evaluation and optimisation of the user’s job flow, but also to offer a full stack QC experience at an early stage, when the real QPU is not yet available. The QLM’s Power Access Module will be used to simplify the embedding into the HPC environment. In Work Package 10, s+c / Eviden will coordinate the development of the different software components between the partners for a full HPC integration.
Our vision for QSolid
From many years of IT service in the HPC environment, we have learned to always think IT from the user's point of view. We want to use this experience within the QSolid project to ensure that concepts and interfaces are adjusted to fit the demands of scientists and engineers – not vice versa.- from Erik Soyez, Technical Project Lead, s+c / Eviden