Paving the Way for the First German Quantum Computer: EURICE Expands Its Quantum Technology Activities With New Project QSolid
Building a complete quantum computer based on cutting-edge German technology is the goal of the collaborative project QSolid and its 25 partners from leading German companies and research institutions. Launched at the beginning of 2022, the project will be running for the next five years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With a total budget of more than EUR 76 million, QSolid is the largest German quantum project to date.
QSolid centres on quantum bits – or qubits for short – of very high quality, i.e. with a low error rate. The quantum computer will be integrated into Forschungszentrum Jülich's supercomputing infrastructure at an early stage. It will contain several next-generation superconducting quantum processors, including a "moonshot" system that has been proven to exceed the computing power of conventional computers. The first demonstrator will go into operation in mid-2024 and make it possible to test applications and benchmarks for industry standards.
Within QSolid, EURICE will take the lead in project management as well as communication, dissemination and exploitation activities. "We are very proud to be joining this massive research endeavour, which will significantly contribute to the advancement of the field and help Germany become an international leader in quantum technology," says Jörg Scherer, CEO of EURICE. With QSolid, the team further expand its activities and project portfolio in quantum research comprising EU-funded quantum projects, such as HPCQS or OpenSuperQ.
Quantum computers promise breakthroughs in materials and drug development and optimizing traffic management solutions. In the future, they could vastly exceed the capabilities of conventional supercomputers for certain tasks. However, the technology is still in its infancy. Although developing a usable quantum computer comes with enormous challenges, it also offers an opportunity to set industry standards and secure intellectual property rights from the outset.
QSolid key data
- Full title: Quantum Computer in the Solid State
- Project duration: January 2022 - December 2026
- Budget: € 76.3 million (of which 89.8 % is funded by the BMBF)
- Coordination: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Prof. Dr Frank Wilhelm-Mauch
- Partners: Forschungszentrum Jülich (PGI-12-, PGI-2, PGI-8, PGI-11, PGI-13, PGI-3, PGI-9, JSC, ZEA-2), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (IPMS, IZM-ASSID), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Leibniz-Institute for Photonic Technologies (IPHT), Parity Quantum Computing Germany, HQS Quantum Simulations, Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik, University of Ulm, National Metrology Institute (PTB), University of Stuttgart, Free University of Berlin, IQM Germany, University of Konstanz, University of Cologne, Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, supracon, ParTec, RACYICS, AdMOS, LPKF Laser & Electronics, Atotech Germany, Atos, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, CiS Forschungsinstitut für Mikrosensorik, Zurich Instruments Germany
The QSolid project acknowledges the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework programme "Quantum technologies – from basic research to market".