Quantum Machines (QM) is leading the creation of the Israel Center for Quantum Computing using technology from the UK and the Netherlands, and the three-year, $29 million project is part of the portion of Israel’s $390 million National Quantum Initiative (INQI), which has aimed at building the first fully operational quantum computer in Israel, accessible to commercial and research environments.
The consortium will use superconducting quantum processing units (QPUs) from QuantWare in Delft, a scalable quantum photonic computing system from ORCA Computing in the UK and a cold atom-based quantum computing system from ColdQuanta in Boulder, Colorado.
The quantum orchestration platform developed by QM will be at the core of INQI’s quantum computer, offering a high degree of flexibility, extensibility and scalability. The platform will allow the use of different qubit technologies, while a component-based approach will allow parts of the system to be upgraded for future quantum technologies.
The defense company Elbit Systems is a strategic partner in the project. She leads the design of quantum applications for the public sector and will sit on the centre’s advisory board.
ParTec will provide a high-performance computing (HPC) platform and services for the integration of HPC and quantum computing, while Classiq and Super.tech will provide their state-of-the-art software application layer capabilities, including quantum software development and benchmarking software for all the centre’s platforms.
Israel’s National Quantum Initiative was launched in 2018, and in February it was announced that the $1.25 billion initiative would fund the development of Israel’s first quantum computer.
“We look forward to working with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) to lead the development of the country’s first fully operational quantum computing center,” said Itamar Sivan, co-founder and CEO of Quantum Machines in Tel Aviv.
“The open architecture approach taken by Quantum Machines and our leading consortium partners will ensure compatibility with future quantum technologies. This will allow the center’s quantum computer to grow from tens of qubits today to hundreds and thousands of qubits in the next few years,” he said.
“Our goal is to provide Israeli companies with access to the most advanced quantum technologies and services so that they can develop deep quantum expertise in industry and academia. This expertise will enable Israeli companies from a wide range of sectors and industries to achieve a global leadership position.”
“We very much look forward to working with Quantum Machines and the other consortium partners to develop the Israel Center for Quantum Computing,” said Matthijs Rijlaarsdam, co-founder and CEO of QuantWare, the first company to ship commercial quantum processors. “The open architecture approach combined with QuantWare’s business model and scaling roadmap will serve as an innovation testing ground to catalyze the development of new quantum computing technologies in Israel. »
“We are pleased to help establish quantum computing in Israel and look forward to developing applications and uses. This is an important step for us as it is the second sale we have made to a government. It also involves engagement out over the original computer for future upgraded models,” said Richard Murray, CEO of ORCA Computing, which supplies its room-temperature PT-1 photonics system.
Source: eenewseurope & Israel Valley