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IBM’s Installation of First Physical Quantum Computer on European Soil in Germany a “Milestone”

By IQT News posted 18 Mar 2020

(ScienceBusiness.net) The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s leading organization for applied research, and IBM recently announced  the signing of the agreement aimed at advancing quantum computing in Germany. “The installation of the first physical quantum computer on European soil sends out a strong signal in support of Germany as a research location. It marks an important step toward the further establishment of an internationally recognizable ecosystem in the field of quantum technology,” says Helge Braun, Head of the Federal Chancellery.
The signing of the cooperation follows the joint announcement of September 2019, a pioneering initiative on applied quantum computing for Germany’s research institutions and companies. The cooperation partners support the German Federal Government’s goal of investing almost one billion Euros over the next two years in order to develop quantum technology from basic research to marketable applications. This is to be made possible by the development of a research infrastructure that strategically promotes the further development and dissemination of quantum computing in Germany. The participating federal states Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria contribute the largest financial share.
“This agreement opens up another opportunity for Europe to become a pioneer in the further development of a promising technology with Germany playing a leading role as we grow the scientific, academic, public and private ecosystem which seeks to solve complex problems, such as climate change and healthcare issues. A memorable milestone for our region”, says Martin Jetter, Senior Vice President & Chairman IBM Europe.

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