Denmark’s 1st Fully Functional Quantum Computer to be Developed by Researchers Receives Funding putting Denmark on the Map

Denmark’s 1St Fully Functional Quantum Computer To Be Developed By Researchers Receives Funding Putting Denmark On The Map

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen will develop a full-scale and usable functional quantum computer by 2034 courtesy of the Novo Nordisk Foundation who’s investing DKK 1.5 billion in the program.

The program will be carried out in cooperation with research groups from top universities and companies, including those from the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Denmark, each of which will provide significant specialized expertise. It will last for the whole twelve years.

“The challenge of the quantum computing program is enormous. In some ways, it is similar to the challenge of the Apollo moon landing program in the 1960s. But we are ambitious, and our goal at the end of this program is to have a quantum computer that can solve complex problems that classical computers cannot.” 

Peter Krogstrup Jeppesen, a professor at Niels Bohr Institute who is leading the Quantum Computing Programme

Quantum computers open up possibilities for finding innovative solutions in various fields, for instance, life sciences. Nature has numerous quantum mechanical systems that cannot presently be categorized or adequately understood; quantum computers can significantly impact here. A fully functional quantum computer can execute complex computations that classical computers either cannot or would take several years to complete. 

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Programme will be situated at the Niels Bohr Institute’s current location on Blegdamsvej in Copenhagen. A portion of the money will be used to establish Quantum Foundry P/S, a partner firm that will be co-located with the program. This firm is a fabrication facility offering materials and hardware to the Niels Bohr Institute’s researchers.

For the first seven years, the researchers and engineers will develop materials and technology for the quantum computer. They will build capacity for co-engineering three of the most promising quantum computing platforms, laying the groundwork for evaluating which platform or sections thereof are most suited for further expansion.

“With this long-term grant, we want to make Denmark a world leader in quantum research, a field with tremendous potential and which can revolutionize the computing world. We want to create, mature, and develop technology that can solve major and current challenges within health, sustainability, and other areas,”

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, CEO of Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The last five years of the program will be dedicated to growing the chosen platform to a size that makes it usable for researchers from universities and businesses and to address pertinent issues in the life sciences.

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