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Amazon’s Braket Available in Europe, Oxford Quantum Circuit Will Be First Non-North American QC on Service

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OQC’s “Lucy,” the company’s new 8-qubit quantum computer.

Lucy will be in the cloud with Braket.

For the first time since its launch in August 2020, Amazon Braket becomes available in Europe and Oxford Quantum Circuits — TQI: OQC — will be the first non North-American quantum hardware provider that will be available on Braket, according to OQC officials.

Braket is a fully managed quantum computing service designed to help speed up scientific research and software development for quantum computing.

The move is a milestone for providing Europe’s businesses and scientists with additional quantum capability, said Ilana Wisby, CEO, OQC.

“Bringing OQC’s quantum computers to Amazon Braket was a natural next step in expanding our leadership in Europe,” said Wisby. “Our partnership with AWS is finally solving barriers to access for businesses and researchers in Europe so they can further experiment with quantum.”

OQC will make its latest system, Lucy, an 8 QPU quantum computer, available from February 2022. Following OQC’s convention of naming its systems after women in STEM, this system is named after Lucy Mensing, German physicist and pioneer of quantum mechanics.

Because Lucy will be located in the UK, OQC can provide Europe-friendly up-time and low-latency to customers in the region, offering higher serviceability with operations and support when they need it. The OQC and AWS partnership offers an edge to European customers, the company reports.

OQC said it is committed to the OpenQASM roadmap, which ensures customers can anticipate upcoming features.

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