CESGA is installing Oxford Quantum Circuits next generation quantum computer with Fujitsu’s high performance compute infrastructure to deliver advanced compute for researchers and businesses across Spain
April 21st, 2023 – CESGA and Fujitsu today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of a quantum knowledge centre in Galicia, Spain to accelerate joint research using quantum computing technologies and to promote the development of the quantum industry both on a regional and international level, with operations beginning from mid-September 2023.
As part of this plan, CESGA will be installing one of the world’s most powerful quantum computers, developed by Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) in order to open the technology up to researchers across Spain. The installation marks a major industry milestone and highlights continued momentum in the field of quantum technology. As part of the agreement to accelerate quantum learning, Fujitsu and CESGA will collaborate closely with Galician Universities and researchers’ community from the Spanish National Research Council to boost the development and research of quantum technologies, create new knowledge in the field, attract talent and investment to Galicia, and to promote the use of quantum technologies to tackle societal challenges confronting the world.
As the first step of the new partnership, CESGA will build a cluster system on OQC’s world leading 32 qubit quantum computer. This will be in combination with Fujitsu’s world-class 34 qubit quantum computer simulator on the FX 700, the “FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY” series, and the “FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX700”, which is equipped with the same A64FX CPU as in the supercomputer “Fugaku”. CESGA will also further adopt Fujitsu’s quantum-inspired Digital Annealer with plans to start operations in mid-September 2023
As CESGA’s technology partner, Fujitsu will also contribute its expertise in the field of quantum computing, acquired through its ongoing development of innovative quantum and quantum-related technologies, including hardware and software. To kick-start the initiative, Fujitsu and CESGA plan to run three real-world use cases with high profile Galician companies, leveraging Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer to demonstrate the potential and practical benefits of quantum and quantum-related technologies.
This marks an exciting moment for Galicia, as the region has been making strategic investments in quantum technology. Due to the undeniable evolution of quantum technologies, CESGA has determined to start its quantum journey, selecting Fujitsu as its partner to create an international quantum technology hub in Galicia, alongside OQC to deliver the underpinning world leading technology. A combination which will allow them to have all the necessary resources in place for creating knowledge, attracting talent and securing future investment for the region
Lois Orosa, Managing Director at CESGA, comments:
“This collaboration with Fujitsu and OQC will be key for Galicia to boost its already relevant production of new developments and research, both in quantum hardware and software in the coming years, helping us to establish our research groups in a world-class leading position, and allowing them to shape the future of quantum computing.”
Dr. Ilana Wisby, CEO at Oxford Quantum Circuits, comments:
“Our vision is to enable a more reliable and seamless approach towards quantum computing. This marks another significant milestone for OQC as we continue to bring our leading quantum capabilities to the world. The technology has the power to enable truly life changing discoveries and we are pleased to work with CESGA and Fujitsu on its journey towards the future of compute.”
Fujitsu Limited SEVP CTO & CPO, Vivek Mahajan comments:
“We are excited to cooperate with CESGA at the new Quantum Knowledge Center to drive the development of technology research and industrial applications in Europe, and contribute to job creation and human resource development in the quantum industry.”
CESGA, the Galicia Supercomputing Center, is a non-profit public foundation. The regional government, Xunta de Galicia, and the Spanish National Research Council are represented in its board of trustees. CESGA provides advanced services to research and innovation groups since 1993. CESGA has the mission to contribute to the advancement of Science and Technical Knowledge, by means of research and application of high performance computing and communications, as well as other information technologies resources, in collaboration with other institutions, for the profit of society.
OQC is a world-leading quantum computing company. We bring quantum to our customers’ fingertips and enable them to make breakthrough discoveries. Our quantum computers are available via data centres, private cloud and on Amazon Braket. For more information: www.oxfordquantumcircuits.com
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