The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched an initiative to bolster Europe’s quantum computing capabilities: a call for expression of interest to select entities that will host and operate two new EuroHPC quantum computers in 2024. This marks a significant step in solidifying Europe’s position at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The EuroHPC JU is investing €20 million, co-funding up to 50% of the total cost, to procure and integrate these new quantum computers into existing supercomputers operated by the chosen hosting entities.
  • Diversity is key. The selection process will prioritize proposals that showcase a range of quantum technologies and architectures, offering users the broadest possible access to cutting-edge capabilities.
  • Meeting the growing demand. This initiative directly addresses the surging demand for quantum computing resources from European academia and industry. The resulting infrastructure will support the development of a diverse array of applications with significant societal, scientific, and industrial impact.

Applications for this exciting opportunity close on March 31st, 2024, at 5:00 PM CET. For detailed information and submission instructions, visit the dedicated webpage here.

Building on a Strong Foundation:

This call for hosting entities builds on the EuroHPC JU’s existing commitment to quantum computing leadership. In June 2023, agreements were signed with six sites across Europe to host and operate EuroHPC quantum computers. Additionally, two calls for tender are currently open for the installation of specific systems:

  • EuroQCS-Poland: A trapped-ion quantum computer to be located in Poland.
  • Euro-Q-Exa: A superconducting quantum computer with advanced entanglement capabilities, to be located in Germany. Applications for this system close on January 22nd, 2024.

Furthermore, the EuroHPC JU is already fostering a federated European quantum computing infrastructure through the HPCQS project, which deploys two analogue quantum simulators based on neutral atoms.

By expanding its infrastructure and prioritizing diverse technologies, the EuroHPC JU is paving the way for a future where European researchers and businesses can unlock the full potential of this revolutionary technology.

For additional information, you can access the official press release from the EuroHPC JU here.

January 7, 2024