Global IT consultancy company and digital transformation provider Atos, with 120,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 13 billion, has commenced construction of its new global Research & Development Lab in the Ile-de-France Paris Region (Les Clayes-sous-Bois, in Yvelines). The 8,000m2 lab will be built on Atos’ existing R&D site. It will provide a “modern” space dedicated to research in quantum computing, while closely connected with the HPC and cybersecurity research programs of Atos.
The future R&D lab will accommodate the research work done as part of the Atos Quantum program, one of the first major quantum industry programs in Europe, launched by Atos in 2016. This program aims to develop and market quantum computing solutions, as well as quantum safe cyber security products. This new R&D Lab is expected to be officially open in summer 2020.
“I am delighted to launch today the start of the construction of our R&D Lab, which will house our ambitious quantum computing program, driven in partnership with the Ile-de-France Paris Region. Our future lab, rich in more than 50 years of research work carried out at the historic site of Clayes-sous-Bois, will develop strategic technologies which will shape the future of computing for decades to come,” said Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos. “It is on this historic site that Atos researchers will work on the first quantum accelerators and, in conjunction with the intensive computing R&D program, on future hybrid supercomputers. Their world-class work will benefit our clients, our academic partners and the international reputation of the region.”
Built within Atos’ site at Les Clayes-sous-Bois which employs almost 1,000 people, the future lab will host Atos’ R&D teams with around 350 highly qualified engineers. Atos’ quantum computing research program benefits from an investment of €5,000,000 from the Ile-de-France Paris Region as part of its ‘Smart Industry’ strategy, adopted in July 2017.
Atos researchers developed the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (Atos QLM), one of the world’s highest-performing commercially available quantum simulators which is already marketed to the world’s most prestigious universities and research centers. The program’s future work will focus on the development of quantum accelerators, which would benefit future hybrid supercomputers developed in parallel by Atos’ high-performance computing teams and researchers.
The opening ceremony, which took place before an audience of Atos employees and academic and industry partners, saw Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Paris Regional Council and Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos lay the first foundation stone.