Research into new technologies for quantum computers is one of the focal points of the interdisciplinary research center Forschungszentrum Jülich, which focuses on benefit-inspired basic research while taking up the challenges of the present and a livable future. The Silicon Valley giant Google has also been involved in the development of quantum processors and algorithms for years. The purpose of the future cooperation is to further develop the technology and improve the training of young scientists and experts.
The fastest supercomputer in Germany is already in use in Jülich. It performs complex calculations and processes twelve quadrillion calculations per second. This corresponds to the performance of 60,000 conventional PCs. In addition, quantum processors can help to launch environmentally friendly technologies and revolutionize methods of artificial intelligence.
"We are keeping a keen eye on developments in Europe and look forward to contributing to the success of quantum technologies in Europe through our cooperation with Forschungszentrum Jülich," explains Dr. Hartmut Neven, Technical Director at Google and Head of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab.
For example, the research center plans to operate a European quantum computer with 50 to 100 superconducting qubits, which will be developed in the EU's Quantum Flagship program and made accessible to research and industry at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The purpose of the research initiative is to advance the development of quantum technologies in Europe and receives a funding volume of one billion euros for a period of ten years.