The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) at Chalmers University has developed a 25 qubit quantum processor which they are using and experimenting with internally. However, it is not available for use by external users in industry because the Chalmers researchers are constantly working with it. To solve this problem, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation will be providing Chalmers with a grant of 102 Million Krona to build a second processor and make it available to other users in Sweden over the cloud. The purpose of this second processor will be to serve as a test bed and raise Sweden’s competence level in quantum technology and also to provide a significantly cheaper way for Swedish users to access a quantum processor than other alternatives. The funding will also be used to establish a Quantum Helpdesk to support users. A test bed for testing components will be ready in 2024 with cloud access for running algorithms scheduled for 2025. The initial machine will have 25 qubits but the plan will be to upgrade it to 40 qubits in a few years. A news release announcing this new project has been posted on the Chalmers University website here.
January 24, 2023