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River Lane Research Limited
Privately Held Company
IndustryComputer Software
FoundedJuly 4, 2016 (2016-07-04)
Key people
  • Steve Brierley
  • Leonie Mueck
  • Rebecca Simmons
Number of employees
26 (2020)

River Lane Research (Riverlane) is a quantum computing software comapny, based in Cambridge, UK. Riverlane was founded in 2016[1] by Dr Steve Brierley, then a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.[2]


Riverlane raised £3.25m in seed funding in June 2019. The round was led by venture capital investors Cambridge Innovation Capital and Amadeus Capital Partners, with the participation of Cambridge Enterprise.[2] [3]

Riverlane was awarded a grant of £7.6m from the government’s Industrial Challenge Strategy Fund, to lead a consortium to develop a new operating system for quantum computers, Deltaflow.OS. The other members of the consortium are: SeeQC, Hitachi Europe, Universal Quantum, Oxford Ionics, Oxford Quantum Circuits, Arm, and the National Physical Laboratory. [4]

Products and Technology

Riverlane has a quantum operating system called Deltaflow, which orchestrates classical and quantum computing elements in the hardware to provide improved performance. It is portable across different hardware platforms and runs a quantum chemistry simulation library, called Anian, for enterprises. In August 2020, Riverlane demonstrated the first successful trials of Deltaflow with quantum hardware company Oxford Ionics. [5] [6] [7]

In the media



  1. "RIVER LANE RESEARCH LIMITED – Overview (free company information from Companies House)". Companies House. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cambridge quantum computing start-up bags £3.25m funding". June 14, 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  3. "The hard sell of quantum software". Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. "Riverlane heads £7.6m bid to build new quantum OS". May 25, 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  5. "Quantum operating system trialled successfully". August 31, 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  6. "Cambridge trial brings UK closer to quantum computing breakthrough". September 1, 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  7. "Quantum computing is on cusp of commercial breakthrough". September 7, 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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