EuroHPC JU has signed hosting agreements with six sites across Europe to usher in a new era of quantum computing.These agreements pave the way for the integration of quantum computers into six existing supercomputers, enabling European users to explore a wide range of quantum technologies. This ambitious initiative aims to position Europe at the forefront of quantum computing and provide users with access to cutting-edge resources.
EuroHPC’s six quantum computers will be distributed among the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain.
The main purpose of these quantum computers will be to support research and development (R&D) activities. Researchers, scientists, and practitioners throughout Europe will have access to these systems, regardless of their geographical location. This inclusiveness will enable the scientific community, industries and the public sector to harness the power of quantum computing to tackle complex problems that traditional supercomputers struggle to solve.
Quantum computing holds immense promise for a wide range of applications with industrial, scientific, and societal relevance. Tasks such as optimizing traffic flows, developing smart grids, and advancing drug discovery and materials science can benefit from the unprecedented computational capabilities offered by quantum computers. By integrating quantum computing into high-performance computing (HPC) applications, Europe aims to achieve scientific breakthroughs and spur innovation in various industries.
These systems will be co-funded by the EuroHPC JU budget, sourced from the Digital Europe Programme (DEP), and contributions from participating states. With a planned total investment exceeding EUR 100 million, the EuroHPC JU will co-fund up to 50% of the total cost, reflecting the funding arrangements outlined in the hosting agreements.
- LUMI-Q: Hosted at the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre in Czechia, LUMI-Q will be integrated into the EuroHPC supercomputer KAROLINA. The consortium comprises nine European countries and aims to develop a quantum computer based on superconducting qubits in a star-shaped topology.
- EuroQCS-France: Driven by GENCI, EuroQCS-France will be installed at the TGCC computing center in France, operated by CEA (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives) , where it will be coupled with the Joliot-Curie supercomputer.
- Euro-Q-Exa: Hosted and operated by the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany, Euro-Q-Exa will be integrated into the LRZ leadership-class supercomputer, currently SuperMUC-NG.
- EuroQCS-Italy: Hosted at CINECA in Italy, EuroQCS-Italy will be integrated into the EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputer Leonardo. T
- EuroQCS-Poland: Hosted by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center in Poland, EuroQCS-Poland will be integrated into an HPC infrastructure available remotely via PIONIER NREN.
- EuroQCS-Spain: Hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain, EuroQCS-Spain will be integrated into the pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer MareNostrum5.