Eni, the multinational energy company out of Italy is partnering with PASQAL, France-based quantum computing company to develop HPC solutions for the energy sector using quantum computing.
PASQAL, co-founded by 2022 Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Alain Aspect (see our previous story here) raised €25M in Series A funding last year. Investors included Eni, through its venture arm Eni Next.
Eni has been hosting and operating – HPC5 – since 2020, one of the largest private supercomputers in world. Eni uses its HPC (High Performance Computer) to process geophysical and seismic data from around the world to aid in identification and launch of production of energy. Sustainability and decarbonization are part of goals in these efforts.
The use of quantum computers will help solve problems that are sometimes limiting with just HPC alone and the basis for this partnership with PASQAL. As Dario Pagani, Eni’s Head of Digital & High-Performance Computing puts it, “PASQAL’s quantum computers will allow us to complement our conventional HPC workflows in areas such as optimization and machine learning and accelerate our research to create new solutions to the most pressing issues in the energy industry.” Eni expects the partnership with PASQAL to impact different parts of its value chain such as Upstream, Downstream, Chemicals and Renewables. ...