(ScienceBusiness) The first IBM Quantum System One installed in Europe is now available to companies and research organizations that wish to develop and test applied quantum algorithms and gather expertise. In a joint project with IBM, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will operate the quantum computer, installed in a center near Stuttgart, under German data protection law.
“If we want to actively help shape the fast-paced advancements in quantum computing, we in Germany must now develop the expertise required for the various application scenarios, as well as the compatible algorithms and the all important new business models,” explains Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “With our platform around the IBM quantum computer and our Competence Network Quantum Computing, we are offering all companies and research institutions the opportunity to play an active part in advancing this future technology, gather the expertise they need to thrive in the quantum age and apply the newly acquired skills to good advantage.”
Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann says: “The quantum computer is an important step for the state of Baden-Württemberg on its journey to successfully shaping key future technologies and meeting the challenges of the digital age. With this initiative, we are contributing to a German quantum technology ecosystem with international magnetic appeal, and setting a milestone for the technological sovereignty of Germany and of Europe. We want to use the opportunities quantum computing offers for applications in industry and science at the earliest possible stage.”
State Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, emphasizes: “Baden-Württemberg has the benefit of an established network of excellent quantum science at universities and applied research institutions, as well as an internationally leading high-tech industry. . . . .To develop these fields for profitable applications in our country, we are collaborating with Fraunhofer and IBM to create access to what is currently Europe’s most powerful quantum computer in Ehningen.”