A New Large-scale Quantum Initiative: OpenSuperQPlus Paves the Way to the 1,000-Qubit Quantum Computer
OpenSuperQPlus – part of the European Quantum Technology Flagship – gets underway. Coordinated by FZ Jülich, the project builds upon our recently completed project OpenSuperQ and brings together 28 institutions from 10 countries, including the key partners of the national quantum initiatives of the Netherlands, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden, full-stack quantum computing startups and many other key players in the field. OpenSuperQ unites European specialists for all the components of a quantum computing system under a unified framework, be they in the public or private sector.
The consortium is now launching its first stage OpenSuperQPlus100 that aims at developing several systems for evaluating hard- and software as well as a user-oriented 100 qubit system for first quantum applications within the next 3.5 years. Within a further 3.5 years, the second project phase OpenSuperQPlus1000 will ultimately scale up the results of the first phase to a 1,000 qubit quantum computer system.
"After OpenSuperQ laid the foundations, Eurice is fully motivated to also contribute to the successful implementation of this new large-scale and application-oriented initiative to enhance quantum computing in Europe," says Corinna Hahn, leader Quantum Technologies at Eurice. She is enthusiastic about "using the project to advance machine learning, future technical solutions for the chemical industry and materials science, or process optimisation in a wide range of industries."
The first project phase OpenSuperQPlus100 runs from March 2023 until August 2026. It has received EUR 20 million funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe programme.
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About the Quantum Flagship
The Quantum Flagship was launched in 2018 as one of the largest and most ambitious research initiatives of the European Union. With a budget of €1 billion and a duration of 10 years, the flagship brings together research institutions, academia, industry, enterprises, and policy makers, in a joint and collaborative initiative on an unprecedented scale. The main objective of the Flagship is to consolidate and expand European scientific leadership and excellence in this research area as well as to transfer quantum physics research from the lab to the market by means of commercial applications and disruptive technologies. With over 5,000 researchers from academia and industry involved in this initiative throughout its lifetime, it aims to create the next generation of disruptive technologies that will impact Europe's society, placing the region as a worldwide knowledge-based industry and technological leader in this field.