Launch of Jülich UNified Infrastructure for Quantum computing (JUNIQ) at Jülich Supercomputing Centre

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JUNIQ, the new “Jülich unified infrastructure for quantum computing”, was put into operation on 25th october 2019 at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The go – ahead was given with the official signing of a user contract for a quantum annealer from the Canadian quantum computer manufacturer D-Wave. The research center will thus also be the first European location for the D-Wave Leap quantum cloud service.

The state government and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are supporting the establishment of JUNIQ with € 5 million in funding from each.

JUNIQ will be the unified portal to a number of different quantum computers – accessible via the cloud for German and European users. JUNIQ will thus offer quantum computing services similar to those that have long been available for Jülich’s supercomputers: Under the guidance of experts, researchers will be able to use quantum computers – from experimental systems and prototypes to first production systems – and develop algorithms and application programs for them.

D-Wave’s quantum system – a so-called quantum annealer – will be accessible via Leap, the company’s quantum cloud service. Jülich will be the site of the first European installation of D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service. As part of the agreement, Jülich will also benefit from the upcoming release of AdvantageTM, D-Wave’s next-generation quantum system with a new, highly connected Pegasus topology, lower-noise, and an increased qubit count.

Link to the FZ Jülich Press Release

Please find the press release here.