Atom Computing Joins Forces with University of Colorado Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative to Accelerate Quantum Innovation

February 16, 2022

Rob Hays, CEO, Atom Computing

Large-scale Quantum Computing will provide orders of magnitude greater computational performance compared to today's fastest computers. The Boston Consulting Group estimates it could create $5B-$10B of value in the next three to five years (the early days) and grow to $450B-$850B in the next 15 to 30 years. It’s obvious why governments, academics, and enterprises of all sizes are gearing up to implement quantum computing practices. The role Atom Computing plays, as a quantum computing hardware platform provider, within the ecosystem is critical. I would argue we are one of the primary gates to unlocking this economic value. Both are an enviable and somewhat uncomfortable position to be in. All eyes are on us and other hardware platform providers to scale up quickly so the quantum programmers can get to work writing productive applications.

It takes a village!

Building a strong ecosystem focused on accelerating quantum computing requires an engaged ecosystem of users, software partners, research labs, and talent who can add value up and down the computing stack. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the University of Colorado Boulder’s CUbit Quantum Initiative: to drive R&D and talent development while supporting the ascendence of Colorado as Center of Excellence for Quantum Information Science in the U.S. and globally.

Our visions are aligned:

  • Atom Computing’s sole mission is to build the most scalable and reliable quantum computers, helping researchers and scientists reach their next big breakthrough.
  • The CUbit’s focus is on connecting the ecosystem, advancing fundamental science, developing talent, and building the foundation for rapid dissemination, application, and commercialization of quantum technologies.

Collaboration Accelerates R&D and Workforce Development

Within the scope of this collaboration, Atom Computing’s engineers will work closely with CUbit’s research partners to accelerate innovation on our next-generation quantum computers.

I joined the CUbit Advisory Board to help spur fresh new ideas and investment in professional development and networking to engage talent across a multitude of disciplines. Our goal is to build a pipeline of top talent with the skills required to drive this incredible paradigm shift in computing performance and engage industry partners who can deliver the economic benefits that QIS will enable.

Quantum Tech Hub

Colorado is shaping up to be one of the most important quantum computing hubs in the U.S. This partnership is a natural fit for us as our company has benefited greatly from Colorado’s remarkable talent and institutions.

Several of Atom Computing’s team members have matriculated from the University of Colorado Boulder– including our Founder and CTO, Ben Bloom, who completed his PhD in Physics at CU Boulder as part of JILA. During his PhD, Ben worked closely with Atom’s Scientific Advisor, Dr. Jun Ye, where he helped build one of the world’s most accurate atomic clocks – work that won Jun the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and was the catalyst for our approach of using optically-trapped neutral-atoms to build nuclear-spin qubits.

Our connections to CU Boulder are deep and it’s just the beginning of our long-term partnership. I’m looking forward to working together with the CUbit Quantum Initiative, CU Boulder, and the QIS ecosystem in Colorado to accelerate quantum computing. Click here to view the press release.

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