The French start-up Quandela brought together, during a hackathon, students and researchers to solve problems using a machine that works with photonic “qubits”. A European advance that competes with the Americans and the British.
by David Larousserie
They were the first to test a quantum computer available remotely, a unique machine in Europe. About sixty young international students and researchers had this chance on the Sorbonne University campus in Paris, from November 7 to 9. This technology promises to carry out certain calculations more quickly than the most efficient of the superordinators, or even to solve problems inaccessible today.
Several companies, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Rigetti, D-Wave … already offer prototypes of such machines, but whose performance remains very far from promises. To this list, we must now add the French start-up Quandela. Born in 2017, it launched its quantum processor online on November 15, the first in Europe outside the United Kingdom.