Spanish Supercomputer Center Selects OQC and Fujitsu to Install Quantum Computer

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  • The Spanish Supercomputer Center, CESGA ,and Fujitsu today signed an agreement to establish a quantum knowledge center in Galicia, Spain.
  • The center’s mission is to accelerate joint research using quantum computing technologies and to promote the development of the quantum industry both on a regional and international level.
  • 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.
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PRESS RELEASE — The Spanish Supercomputer Center, 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.

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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.”

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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