In cooperation with IBM Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing a national competence network in the research field of quantum computing. The aim is to develop quantum-based computing strategies for the next generation of high-performance computers. With the participation of currently eleven Fraunhofer Institutes, specialist expertise is being pooled in regional competence centers.
Within the Competence Center »Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg«, Baden-Württemberg will become the home of the first IBM quantum computer in Germany in order to use the existing high-tech landscape of large-scale industry, SMEs and start-ups for the application-oriented use of the high-performance computer.
For this purpose, IBM will provide an IBM Q System at its Ehningen site (> 25 qubits) from 2021. The robust configuration (service life > 95%) enables a variety of research topics from essential algorithms, software development and the design of elementary logic operations to the control of the quantum processor in the actual computing process. The location in Baden-Württemberg enables the operation of this IBM quantum computer under German legislation (data protection, IP security).