MIL-OSI Translation: Fraunhofer gives the go-ahead for quantum computing research platform in Germany

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Source: Fraunhofer-GesellschaftQuantencomputing is regarded as a game changer, which in a few years can create new knowledge and new possibilities in many areas: in optimization and simulation, in logistics and transport, energy industry, chemistry, medicine or material science. In Germany there is consensus about the great potential of future technology, and politics, business and science are working to advance quantum computing so that practical problems can soon be solved more efficiently. What was missing so far was a secure research platform on which companies and institutions could try out quantum-based computing strategies, optimize them for their areas of application and build up the necessary skills in “training on the system”. This is what the quantum computer in Ehningen in Baden-Württemberg offers. A milestone for Germany’s technological sovereignty “If we want to actively shape the rapid development in quantum computing, we in Germany now have to build up the necessary application-related expertise, develop suitable algorithms and, above all, new business models,” explains Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society. “With our platform for everything to do with the IBM quantum computer and our quantum computing competence network, we offer all companies and research institutions the opportunity to actively promote this future technology, to fully qualify for the quantum age and to use the skills we have gained to good effect.” convinced that open technologies, an active and global community of developers, scientists and experts from industry, government and universities are the key to the success of the quantum computer, ”adds Gregor Pillen, General Manager IBM Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “The first installation of an IBM Quantum System One in Europe will accelerate progress in this area and give companies of all sizes access to the technology while they prepare for the era of quantum computers.” Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann says: “For Baden-Württemberg, the quantum computer is an important step on the way to successfully shaping the decisive future technologies and challenges of the digital age. We are thus making a contribution to a German quantum technology ecosystem with international appeal and creating a milestone for the technological sovereignty of Germany and Europe. We want to use the opportunities of quantum computing as early as possible for applications in business and science. Quantum computers hold a huge field of research and experimentation: They can, for example, optimize traffic and logistical processes, analyze complex financial flows even better, simulate new chemical models or accelerate innovations in the medical and energy sectors. ” Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, emphasizes: »Baden-Württemberg has an established network of excellent quantum science at universities and application-oriented research institutions as well as an internationally leading high-tech industry. With our knowledge, we make a decisive contribution to the progress and application of quantum computing. Quantum algorithms open up completely new possibilities and much more efficient solutions – for example in engineering, materials and data sciences. In order to develop these fields as early as possible for economic applications in the country, we are working with Fraunhofer and IBM to create access to what is currently Europe’s most powerful quantum computer in Ehningen. “

Premiere at the HANNOVER MESSE central contact point for the use of the quantum computer is the Fraunhofer competence network quantum computing, consisting of several regional competence centers with different focuses. At the digital HANNOVER MESSE on April 13th and 14th, the network will present the possibilities for industry and research that the quantum computer offers. A usage contract with Fraunhofer is required to access the computer; the price model is based on a monthly ticket. All processed data is stored locally in Ehningen and is subject to German data protection regulations. The official inauguration of the quantum computer on site in Ehningen has been postponed due to the corona-related restrictions. The exact date will be announced. The network will appear in the stream of HANNOVER MESSE on Tuesday, April 13th. at 9.55 a.m. and on Wednesday, April 14th at 1 p.m.

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