The budget of 100 million New Israeli Shekels (NIS) will cover a three-year period and will be provided by the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). The center will work with three different quantum technologies including superconducting, cold atoms, and photonic along with the associated software. Quantum Machines has been selected to lead the establishment of the center with their Quantum Machines’ Quantum Orchestration Platform being a key component in the project and providing a shared control layer. The Quantum Orchestration Platform supports a variety of different quantum technologies and has a modular architecture that will allow the systems to be upgraded or provide support for other quantum technologies in the future. A near term goal of the project is to have a working quantum computing with at least 50 qubits available within the next 12-18 months. Other partners in the consortium include:

  • Elbit Systems: Part of the center’s advisory board and lead the design of quantum applications for the government sector and other support.
  • QuantWare: Superconducting quantum processing Units (QPUs)
  • ORCA Computing: Quantum photonics computing system
  • ColdQuanta: Cold atom based quantum computing system
  • ParTec: High-performance classical computing (HPC) platform for the integration of HPC and quantum computing
  • Classiq and State-of-the-art software application layer capabilities including quantum software development tools and benchmarking software

The center will be part of the Israel National Quantum Initiative (INQI) which was initiated in 2018 and has an overall budget of 1.25 billion NIS ($360M USD). Additional information about this new center can be found in a news release provided by Quantum Machines here and another press release (in Hebrew) provided by the Israel Innovation Authority that can be accessed here.

July 18, 2022