On Monday 17th of January 2022 D-Wave is announced the first D-Wave system in Europe, at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich Supercomputing Center), the large-scale national research facility known for its multi-disciplinary approach and commitment to real world applications. This is the first system outside of the company’s headquarters in Canada, marking a greater interest in quantum from European researchers, governments, and businesses. This event marks the first-ever annealing quantum computer physically located in Europe.
There’s also buy-in from policy makers and government officials as well. Newly appointed German Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger; North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister President Hendrik Wüst; Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Canadian Ambassador Stéphane Dion are launched the system in an event on Monday. It’s a big deal for European investment in quantum.
D-Wave Systems Inc is one of the most established quantum computing companies having started two decades ago with quantum annealing and the business has recently moved into gate based quantum computing making it the only quantum company to offer both.
The European offering will provide access to the Advantage quantum system, which contains over 5,000 qubits
and will be available to European users at Forschungszentrum Jülich immediately in the cloud via Leap (a service that enables users to access and run quantum computing in the cloud)
Jülich User Infrastructure for Quantum Computing (JUNIQ) is tasked with providing access to quantum computing facilities across Europe and Jülich has a history of providing early access to innovate computing facilities ranging from super computer clusters to GPU’s and now to Quantum machines.
Newly appointed German Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger; North Rhine-
Westphalia’s Minister President Hendrik Wüst; Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Canadian Ambassador Stéphane Dion launched the system in an event today, along with D-Wave’s CEO, Alan Baratz and CaxiaBank CEO Gonzalo Gortazar, showcasing the importance of collaboration on practical quantum application development across industries and research.
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