IQM Quantum Computers participates in the OpenSuperQplus project

OpenSuperQPlus unites 28 European research partners from 10 countries aiming to develop a 1000 qubit quantum computer.

Espoo, Finland, 23rd March 2023 - IQM Quantum Computers (IQM), the European leader in quantum computers, continues to play a crucial role in the European research community as it participates in “OpenSuperQplus,” a European quantum computer project involving 28 partners from 10 countries.

OpenSuperQPlus (Open Superconducting Quantum Computers), which is part of the European Quantum Technology Flagship, brings together an existing team working on the predecessor OpenSuperQ with new partners, including the key partners of the national initiatives of the Netherlands, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, and Sweden, full-stack quantum computing startups, and many other key players in the field. 

The large-scale follow-up project is coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the team has formed a framework partnership and put forward an ambitious seven-year agenda ultimately leading to a 1,000-qubit quantum computing system.

The consortium is now launching its first stage, OpenSuperQPlus 100, which on the one hand aims at developing several systems for evaluating hardware and software as well as a user-oriented 100-qubit system for first quantum applications within the next 3.5 years. In the next phase, it will also look at the critical components and technological decisions needed for the 1,000-qubit quantum computing system.

Commenting on IQM’s role, the Head of Engineering and Development at IQM Quantum Computers, Dr. Juha Hassel, said: “IQM is participating and contributing to next-generation superconducting quantum computing technology development in the topics of design, qubit fabrication, and packaging.”

IQM will also contribute to the technology standardization and commercialization. Being part of this collaboration and working together with the scientific community has been a key component of IQM’s strategy since its inception. Among its many initiatives is the annual Superconducting Qubits and Algorithms (SQA) conference, which brings together researchers, students and scientists from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest developments in superconducting quantum computing.

OpenSuperQPlus is funded by the European Union with €20 million from a specific quantum grant within the Horizon Europe framework programme.

“We are bringing together European specialists for all the components of such a quantum computing system under a unified framework – be they in the public or private sector. The technological challenge of beating errors in quantum computers and scaling them up needs all hands-on deck from the outstanding quantum ecosystem in Europe,” said Project Coordinator Professor Frank Wilhelm-Mauch of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

IQM is already collaborating with Forschungszentrum Jülich and other companies on a joint project called “Digital-analog quantum computing (DAQC)”. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with 12.4 million euros, started in February 2021.

Like its predecessor project OpenSuperQ, the project's continuation within the framework of OpenSuperQPlus aims at a versatile quantum computer made in Europe. The consortium anticipates special use cases in quantum simulation for the chemical industry, materials science or in solving optimisation problems and in machine learning.


About IQM Quantum Computers

IQM is the European leader in building quantum computers. IQM provides on-premises quantum computers for supercomputing centres and research labs and offers full access to its hardware. For industrial customers, IQM delivers a quantum advantage through a unique application-specific, co-design approach. IQM is building Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer with VTT, and an IQM-led consortium (Q-Exa) is also building a quantum computer in Germany. This computer will be integrated into an HPC supercomputer to create a quantum accelerator for future scientific research. IQM has over 230 employees with offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Singapore and Espoo.

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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.

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Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Prof. Dr. Frank Wilhelm-Mauch

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