BASF collaborates with PASQAL to predict the weather
Paris, July 20, 2022, PASQAL, the leading manufacturer of full-stack neutral-atom quantum processors, today announced a collaboration with BASF, the world‘s largest chemical company, for meteorological and other computational fluid dynamics applications. BASF began exploring how PASQAL’s proprietary quantum algorithms could one day be used to predict weather conditions. Lessons learned from this project can form a basis for future extensions of PASQAL methods to support climate modelling.
Physics-based weather models are very complex as they incorporate data on winds, heat transfer, solar radiation, relative humidity, terrain topology and many other parameters. Weather forecasting therefore requires solving complex sets of nonlinear differential equations. According to Hyperion Research, 5% of global investment in high-performance computing is focused on weather modelling. BASF uses parameters generated by weather models to simulate crop yields and growth stages as well as to predict drift when applying crop protection products. They also form the basis of BASF’s portfolio of digital agricultural products, including xarvio FIELD MANAGER, an advanced crop optimization platform.
“PASQAL’s quantum solutions are ideal for simplifying BASF’s complex computer simulations once the quantum hardware has reached such a mature stage that we can actually take advantage of these algorithms,” said Dr. John Manobianco, Senior Weather Modeler to BASF’s Agricultural Solutions Division. “Leveraging PASQAL’s innovation for weather modeling validates the ability of quantum computing to go beyond what can be achieved with classical high-performance computing. Such transformational technology can help us prepare for the impacts of climate change and move towards a more sustainable future.
PASQAL aims to solve the underlying complex nonlinear differential equations in a new and more efficient way by implementing so-called quantum neural networks on its neutral atom quantum processors. The classic equivalent of this approach is Physics-Informed Neutral Networks (PINNs) which are widely used by leading scientists and technology companies in weather and climate modeling. For example, NVIDIA recently announced its new Earth-2 AI supercomputer for climate prediction, which leverages PINNs.
“We are honored to have been selected by BASF, a world leader in the chemical industry, to improve weather modeling using our quantum technology,” said Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of PASQAL. “With climate change, we are seeing more extreme weather patterns, which makes accurate and timely weather forecasts increasingly important for business and society. Joining forces with a major player like BASF is a step forward in learning how quantum computing can help monitor and mitigate the worst effects of global climate change.
Offering a wide range of quantum solutions in different sectors, PASQAL counts among its clients Johnson & Johnson, LG, Airbus, BMW Group, EDF, Thales, MBDA and Crédit Agricole CIB.
To learn more about PASQAL, please visit: www.pasqal.com.
PASQAL builds quantum computers from ordered neutral atoms in 2D and 3D lattices with the aim of bringing a practical quantum advantage to its customers in solving real-world problems, especially in quantum machine learning and modeling predictive. PASQAL was founded in 2019 by Georges-Olivier Reymond, Christophe Jurczak, Professor Dr Alain Aspect, Dr Antoine Browaeys and Dr Thierry Lahaye. Based in Palaiseau and Massy, south of Paris, PASQAL has secured over €40 million in financing combining equity and non-dilutive financing from Quantonation, Defense Innovation Fund, Runa Capital, BPI France, ENI and Daphni.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees of the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in almost every industry and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition and Care, and Agricultural Solutions. BASF achieved sales of 78.6 billion euros in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. www.basf.com
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