During the press release, in ESPOO, Finland, on November 30, 2021, VTT Technical Research Centre revealed that the 5-qubit quantum computer is now finally up and running. VTT in collaboration with IQM, the leading European quantum hardware company, took the first steps in facilitating the construction of quantum computers. Allowing more companies to engage and embark on their quantum computing ventures. This major breakthrough is a step closer to synthesizing and accessing quantum computers all over the world.
Quantum computers’ incredible computing performance allows them to solve problems that are beyond the capabilities of today’s high-performance computers. Quantum computers will be used in the future to accurately model viruses and drugs, as well as to design materials that are difficult to design with current technology.
The newly unveiled 5-qubit quantum computer is currently at Micronova, OtaNano, VTT, and Aalto University’s national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnology.
Scalability is a major issue in quantum computing. Quantum physicists and engineers all over the world are attempting to scale quantum computing hardware to hundreds of thousands of qubits, scale-up production in a cost-effective manner, and scale algorithms and the use of quantum computing in real-world applications.
VTT has 30 years of experience in quantum technology research and excellent hardware scaling facilities. VTT must collaborate with companies to develop algorithms for specific applications in order to scale the use.
The 5-qubit quantum computer is part of a larger initiative. VTT and IQM aim to build together a much more powerful 50-qubit quantum computer by 2024 and further develop Finland’s long-lasting technology and expertise in quantum computing. Finnish universities VTT, Aalto University, and Helsinki University are the founding members of InstituteQ, which is focused on developing world-class quantum expertise. InstituteQ aims to develop Finland’s long-lasting technology and expertise in quantum computing.