Today in Jülich Germany, Burnaby’s D-Wave Systems announced the launch of the first Leap™ quantum cloud-based system outside North America at Forschungszentrum Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
The offering provides access to the Advantage™ quantum system, which contains more than 5,000 qubits and will be available to European users at Forschungszentrum Jülich immediately in the cloud via Leap. This marks the first-ever annealing quantum computer physically located in Europe.
The expansion is part of the Jülich User Infrastructure for Quantum Computing (JUNIQ), which has provided researchers across Europe with access to various quantum systems since 2019.
German government officials and Canadian Ambassador Stéphane Dion launched the system in an event today, along with D-Wave’s CEO, Alan Baratz, showcasing the importance of collaboration on practical quantum application development across industries and research fields.
“As businesses and research organizations identify mission-critical problems in need of quantum investment, the market opportunity for quantum computing grows faster than ever,” said Alan Baratz, CEO, D-Wave.
“This is particularly true in Europe, where we’re seeing an increasing number of enterprises, universities, and even government entities across the continent already begin to benefit from access to quantum technologies.”
The new quantum system is the second D-Wave quantum computer within the JUNIQ user infrastructure and the world’s first Advantage™ system located outside the company’s headquarters in Canada.
D-Wave’s quantum computers, which have been available to European users via the cloud since 2019, are particularly suitable for solving difficult optimization problems. Optimization use cases are ubiquitous in industry and are interesting because of their computational complexity, for example: efficient control of traffic flows, financial modeling, preventative healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and more.
To date, the company’s customers have developed more than 250 early quantum applications in fields as diverse as financial modeling, flight planning, election modeling, quantum chemistry simulation, automotive engineering, health care, logistics, and more.