A quantum annealer with more than 5,000 qubits has been running at Forschungszentrum Jülich since 17 January 2022. Leap™, the first cloud-based quantum service outside North America, has been put into operation by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and D-Wave, a leading provider of quantum computing systems. This makes Jülich the first site in Europe to operate a latest-generation system by the Canadian manufacturer. The D-Wave system is also the first quantum computer in the world to be directly combined with a supercomputer. The new quantum annealer is part of the Jülich UNified Infrastructure for Quantum computing (JUNIQ), which was established in autumn 2019 to provide researchers in Germany and Europe with access to various quantum systems.
To mark the occasion, Forschungszentrum Jülich and D-Wave Systems Inc. welcomed special guests including Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst. The event kicked off the practical development of quantum applications in various fields to solve highly complex problems of great significance for industry, the public sector, and science in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and Europe. A selected group of D-Wave’s European customers and researchers gave insights into the performance of this technology for today’s business and research applications.
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