D-Wave goes European in push to bring Quantum Computing closer to Applications. First ever Quantum Annealer comes to Europe

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.


“As businesses and research organizations identify mission-critical problems in need of quantum investment, the market opportunity for quantum computing grows faster than ever,”

Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave

This is particularly true in Europe, where we’re seeing an increasing number of enterprises, universities, and even government entities across the continent already begin to benefit from access to quantum technologies. We are excited to bring Forschungszentrum Jülich’s deep computing expertise and D-Wave’s transformational quantum computing technology together. I’m proud that this is the first commercial quantum computing system in-region in Europe and am excited to see the innovations and applications which come with the installation of this system.”

Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave

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. 

“To this end, we have created JUNIQ at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, a user facility for open innovation that provides users with a unified quantum computing platform as a service and the
associated competencies for user support and joint software development,”

Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research Center.

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.

“Quantum computing is already becoming a useful tool for the financial services industry, providing more efficiency and producing better outcomes compared to traditional technologies. Having streamlined and efficient access to quantum technology will produce significant value-creation opportunities for European organizations. That’s why the addition of an Advantage system here in Europe is so relevant,”

Gonzalo Gortazar, CEO, Caixia Bank.

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.

The new quantum system is the second D-Wave quantum computer within the JUNIQ user infrastructure and the world’s first Advantage™ system located outside the company’s headquarters in Canada. “We operate the system right here at Jülich – this gives us the opportunity to integrate it closely into our supercomputing infrastructure,

Prof. Kristel Michielsen, a pioneer in quantum computing and Head of the Quantum Information Processing group at JSC

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