IQM Quantum Computers opens quantum data centre in Germany to support industry applications

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• This Munich-based data centre is the first of its kind by IQM.

• IQM is exploring use cases in machine learning, quantum simulation, cybersecurity, optimisation, among others.

• Today, two of IQM´s quantum computers are based in the quantum data center. In the future, up to 12 quantum computers will be hosted in the new infrastructure.

Munich, Germany, 21st June 2024 – IQM Quantum Computers (IQM), a global leader in building quantum computers, today announced the opening of its first quantum data centre in Munich, Germany, to support industry applications, with plans to place up to 12 quantum computers in the data centre.

At present, the data centre is equipped with two of IQM’s quantum computers, manufactured at its commercial chip production and assembly line in Finland.

The facility, housed in the company’s Munich premises, underlines IQM's commitment to continuous research and development for quantum hardware architectures, error correction, and algorithms.

The quantum data center supports IQM´s recently announced cloud offering and will serve customers around the world with high-quality and ultrafast quantum computers. The new infrastructure will provide a stable and secure environment to host also future generations of IQM´s quantum computers.  

Over the past three years, IQM has been collaborating with software and algorithm partners and businesses in Germany and globally to accelerate the development of useful quantum solutions for specialised applications.  

Among the potential uses being explored are machine learning, cybersecurity, route optimisation, quantum sensor simulation, chemical research, and pharmaceutical development.

This announcement follows the successful integration of IQM quantum computer into an  HPC supercomputer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Munich for scientific research. The quantum data center therefore follows IQM´s strategy to support quantum education, research, and applications.

With its strong research infrastructure and highly skilled workforce, Germany is a key player in the development of quantum technologies in the European Union. Several initiatives are being taken in Bavaria by the government, companies, and institutions to foster a quantum ecosystem.  

“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 centre 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," said Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs.

“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. Jan Goetz, Co-CEO and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers, during the opening of the facility. “This quantum data centre 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, said: “As an industry player, we are thrilled to witness the opening of IQM's quantum data centre, 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.”

About IQM Quantum Computers

IQM is a global leader in designing, building, and selling superconducting quantum computers. IQM provides both on-premises full-stack quantum computers and a cloud platform to access its computers anywhere in the world.

IQM customers include the leading supercomputing centres, enterprises, and research labs which have full access to IQM's software and hardware.  IQM has over 300 employees with offices in Espoo, Munich, Paris, Warsaw, Madrid, Singapore, and Palo Alto. 

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