CINECA is an Italian consortium composed of 70 Italian Universities, four national research centers and government ministries formed to support the Italian scientific community with supercomputing and scientific visualization tools. They current possess several classical supercomputers shown on the TOP500 list. They have reached a deal with French company Pasqal to utilize Pasqal’s forthcoming “Fresnel” 100-qubits processor with an expected start in the first half of this year. Several features of Pasqal’s technology were deemed important and contributed to the selection including high qubit connectivity, processor topology re-arrangement at will, and analog control to implement Hamiltonian evolutions. We previously reported on Pasqal’s neuatral atom technology in an article published last year. For more on this announcement, you can view a news release located on Pasqal’s website here.

January 29, 2021