IQM Opens Quantum Data Center in Munich, Germany

DateJun 21, 2024

Global developer of quantum computing technology, IQM Quantum Computers, has announced the opening of its first quantum data center in Munich, Germany. This new facility is designed to support a range of industry applications and is poised to house up to 12 quantum computers. Currently, the data center is equipped with two of IQM’s state-of-the-art quantum computers, which were manufactured at its commercial chip production and assembly line in Finland.

Located within IQM’s Munich premises, the quantum data center would represent a significant commitment to the ongoing research and development of quantum hardware architectures, error correction techniques, and algorithms. The new infrastructure aligns with IQM’s recently launched cloud offering and aims to serve customers worldwide with high-quality, ultrafast quantum computing services. Additionally, the data center would provide a stable and secured environment for future generations of IQM’s quantum computers.

Over the past three years, IQM has actively collaborated with software and algorithm partners, as well as various businesses both in Germany and globally. These efforts are focused on accelerating the development of practical quantum solutions for specialized applications such as machine learning, cybersecurity, route optimization, quantum sensor simulation, chemical research, and pharmaceutical development.

This latest development follows the successful integration of an IQM quantum computer into a high-performance computing (HPC) supercomputer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich, a move aimed at advancing scientific research. The new quantum data center is a strategic component of IQM’s broader mission to support quantum education, research, and practical applications.

Munich Quantum Valley

Germany, with its robust research infrastructure and highly skilled workforce, is a key player in the European Union’s quantum technology landscape. In Bavaria, various initiatives are being undertaken by the government, companies, and institutions to foster a thriving quantum ecosystem. The opening of IQM’s quantum data center is expected to significantly bolster this ecosystem.

Expressing his enthusiasm about the new facility, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger stated, “I am delighted about the opening of the IQM Quantum Computers data center. This is an important step towards providing customers from industry with easy access to state-of-the-art quantum computing facilities and supporting real-world applications of quantum computers. The center will also help strengthen the quantum technology ecosystem in Munich and Bavaria. We are promoting this technology with our ‘Munich Quantum Valley’ initiative with a budget of 300 million euros, because we see quantum computing as a great opportunity for the Bavarian economy.”

Dr. Jan Goetz, Co-CEO and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers, highlighted the data center’s strategic importance during the opening ceremony. “Our aim is to solve business challenges beyond classical supercomputing capabilities, and we are actively exploring various applications with error-mitigation techniques for optimal hardware performance,” said Dr. Goetz. “This quantum data center is an integral part of our global commitments to serve and collaborate with end-users from enterprises, research institutions, and government agencies.”

Dr. Michael Marthaler, CEO and Co-founder of Karlsruhe-based HQS Quantum Simulations, also commented on the significance of the new facility. “As an industry player, we are thrilled to witness the opening of IQM’s quantum data center, which is a significant milestone for the German quantum ecosystem. This state-of-the-art facility represents a pivotal step towards unlocking the immense potential of quantum computing. It underscores the importance of collaboration between companies and quantum players to explore groundbreaking applications and drive innovation forward.”

IQM Quantum Computers is renowned for providing on-premises quantum computers for supercomputing data centers, enterprises, and research labs, offering full access to its advanced hardware. The company’s commercial quantum projects include Finland’s ongoing commercial 50-qubit quantum computer co-development project with VTT, the IQM-led consortium’s HPC quantum accelerator in Germany, and the use of IQM processors in the first quantum accelerator in Spain. With a workforce of over 290 employees spread across offices in Palo Alto, Warsaw, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Singapore, and Espoo, IQM continues to lead the charge in quantum computing innovation.

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