University of Exeter: University of Exeter partnership develops novel algorithms with the power to transform the use of quantum computers

With the development of quantum hardware, this new approach will provide a cheaper and quicker way of solving complex differential equations

University of Exeter partnership develops novel algorithms with the power to transform the use of quantum computers
Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko, lead of the University of Exeter’s Quantum Dynamics, Optics, and Simulation group (QuDOS) is working in close partnership with Dutch start-up Qu & Co to develop quantum software with the potential to transform the way we use the huge power of quantum computers in industry.

Working with the University of Exeter, Qu & Co have created a novel algorithm, which offers a way to solve complex nonlinear differential equations using quantum computers and devices.

Nonlinear differential equations are used in all branches of science, including chemistry, biology and epidemiology. The new algorithm has already been used in fluid dynamics, to accurately predict the airflow in a nozzle of a prototype rocket turbine. Qu & Co are now investigating further industrial applications.

Classical methods require a large and complex network of conventional computers. With the development of quantum hardware, this new approach will provide a cheaper and quicker way of solving complex differential equations. The approach has just been published and is now under peer review.

Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko explains: “Quantum computing has rapidly progressed from a purely theoretical concept to a disrupting computational tool. We know it is capable of solving problems that a classical computer cannot. Yet, finding real-world applications that can benefit from near-term quantum computers remains an outstanding challenge. With the deep industrial knowledge of Qu & Co, we focus on and solve problems that prove the value of quantum computing.”

Qu & Co have also sponsored major part of the PhD studies of Annie Paine under the supervision of Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko. Annie conducts pioneering research in the field of differential equations, and develops programmes for quantum chips.

Vincent E. Elfving, Chief Technology Officer at Qu & Co said: “In partnership with the University of Exeter we develop cutting-edge algorithms for near-term quantum computers, and we expect rapid progress in this evolving field. The research conducted at University of Exeter has a significant impact on relevant applications and business development. We are happy to continue our fruitful collaboration in the future.”

The partnership is managed by the Innovation, Impact and Business team at the University of Exeter, who match organisations with the academic expertise required to solve industrial challenges.

Sean Fielding, Director of Innovation, Impact and Business said: “The University of Exeter is proud to support cutting edge quantum research which will make a real difference in the world. This partnership has the potential to create a step change in the way quantum computers can be used, and we’re delighted to see it already delivering such great results – another fantastic example of academia and industry working together”.

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