Israel to build open architecture quantum computer

Israel to build open architecture quantum computer

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By Nick Flaherty

Quantum Machines (QM) leading establishment of the Israel Quantum Computing Centre using technology from the UK and the Netherlands.

The three year, $29 million project is part of the $390 million Israel National Quantum Initiative (INQI) to build Israel’s first fully functioning quantum computer that is available to the commercial and research communities.

The consortium will use superconducting Quantum Processing Units (QPUs) from QuantWare in Delft, a scalable quantum photonics computing system from ORCA Computing in the UK and a cold atoms based quantum computing system from ColdQuanta in Boulder, Colorado.

The Quantum Orchestration Platform developed by QM will be at the heart of the INQI quantum computer, providing a high degree of flexibility, extensibility and scalability. The platform will enable the use of a variety of qubit technologies, while a component-based approach will allow for parts of the system to be upgraded to future quantum technologies.

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Defence firm Elbit Systems is a strategic partner in the project, leading the design of quantum applications for the government sector and will be part of the centre’s advisory board.

ParTec will provide a High-Performance Computing (HPC) platform and provide services for the integration of HPC and quantum computing while Classiq and will provide their state-of-the-art software application layer capabilities, including quantum software development tools and benchmarking software for all of the centre’s platforms.

The Israel National Quantum Initiative was launched in 2018, and in February, it was announced that the $1.25bn 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 functioning quantum computing centre,” said Itamar Sivan, co-founder and CEO of Quantum Machines in Tel Aviv.

“The open architecture approach that Quantum Machines and our world-leading partners in the consortium enable, will ensure compatibility with the quantum technologies of the future. This will allow the centre’s quantum computer to scale from tens of qubits today, to hundreds and thousands of qubits in the next few years,” he said.

“Our goal is to give Israeli companies access to the most advanced quantum technologies and services so that they can develop deep quantum expertise across industry and academia. This expertise will allow Israeli companies across a broad range of sectors and industries to gain a leading global position.”

“We very much look forward to working with Quantum Machines and the other consortium partners in developing the Israel Quantum Computing Centre,” said Matthijs Rijlaarsdam, co-founder and CEO of QuantWare, which is the first firm to ship commercial quantum processors. “The Open Architecture approach combined with QuantWare’s business model and scaling roadmap will act as an innovation testbed to catalyze the development of novel quantum computing technologies in Israel.”

“We’re delighted to help establish quantum computing in Israel and look forward to developing applications and uses. This is a significant milestone for us as the second sale we’ve made to a government. It also involves a commitment beyond the initial computer to future upgraded models,” said Richard Murray, CEO of ORCA Computing which is supplying its room temperature PT-1 photonic system.;;

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