A quantum annealer with more than 5,000 qubits will be unveiled at Forschungszentrum Jülich on 17 January 2022. Leap™, the first cloud-based quantum service outside North America, will be put into operation by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre and D-Wave, a leading provider of quantum computing systems. This will make 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. look forward to welcoming 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 will mark the start of the practical development of quantum applications aimed at solving highly complex problems in various fields, which will be of great significance for industry, the public sector, and science in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and Europe. A select group of D-Wave’s European customers and researchers will provide insights into the performance that this technology is capable of delivering for today’s business and research applications.