QuaST, a new consortium in Germany, will create an easy-to-access toolbox for Quantum Computers

Complex Problems can now be solved through simple steps. The new project called QuaST (Quantum-enabling Services and Tools for Industrial Applications) by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) will be focusing on allowing end-users to access the power of the quantum computers with less cost and less expertise needed.

The main goal of the project is to create a software and a “toolbox” that will be efficient in finding solutions for complex optimization problems, wherein a solution roadmap will be generated upon uploading the complex optimization problems. This project is headed by seven influencial partners from science and industry companies namely, Fraunhofer IKS, the Leibniz Supercomputing Center, TUM, Infineon, DATEV, IQM, and DLR (as sponsor). 

In order to achieve a broad adoption of quantum computing technologies in our daily work, it is crucial to offer an easy access to them, and solutions that don’t require specific expertise. We think that the new QuaST consortium is taking exactly the right approach to the challenge of making quantum computing available to end-users in the years to come.

Magdalena hauser and wolfgang lechner, co-ceo of parityqc

Using quantum computing to optimize planning and adaptation processes

QuaST’s goal is to give end-users with high-level libraries that may be used in a variety of ways. The toolbox will generally divide the answer into pieces that are either classical, high-performance, or a combination of both according to the problem presented. The parts requiring the hardware will then be optimized and mapped to quantum computing. The members of the project will also create tools for evaluating every situation.

With QuaST, a few major cases will be included in the testing (1) optimization of networks and supply chains (e.g. for waste management), scheduling problems (e.g. in semiconductor production) and quantum computing-based solutions for software verification and business forecasting. Furthermore, partners will also scope exploratory cases which will include pharmaceutical, automotive and other safety-critical industries.

A strong consortium of Fraunhofer institutes, academic partners and companies from different sectors is working on QuaST. In this way, we are accelerating the transfer of this technology, which is crucially important for the future, from the research to the practical applications in business. With QuaST, we propose a
unique, comprehensive approach, that will require only minimal knowledge of quantum computing hardware and hardware-related software components from the end-users in the industry.

Priv.-Doz. dr habil. Jeanette Lorenz, Senior Scientist for
Quantum Computing at Fraunhofer IKS

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