Quantum Inspire: the newest Quantum Computing Cloud Environment and a primary for Europe
Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launch Quantum Inspire
Today [April 20, 2020], Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched Europe’s first public quantum computing platform: ‘Quantum Inspire’. The platform was developed by Delft-based QuTech, a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO. Quantum Inspire makes the quantum computer accessible to everyone and is that the first within the world to use a quantum processor made from scalable ‘spin qubits’.
Real Quantum computing for anyone
With Quantum Inspire, QuTech aims to form quantum computers accessible to the market and society as quickly as possible. QuTech has launched an internet portal at www.quantum-inspire.com, and Kees Eijkel (Director Business Development) said that it makes the new quantum technology a reality for a broad audience: “Our platform focuses totally on training and education, and therefore the development of applications, in order that more people can use the quantum computer because it develops further and becomes more widely available. The first-hand experience will allow the technology to be adopted sooner in society. Quantum Inspire is additionally an important magnet for the ecosystem forming in Delft of data institutions, companies, and start-ups.”
Electron spin qubit
A quantum computer performs its calculations using quantum versions of bits – so-called ‘qubits’. As a world first, Quantum Inspire contains a processor made from highly promising semiconductor ‘spin qubits’. Richard Versluis (Systems Engineer): “The electron spin qubit is formed with an equivalent technique as a classic transistor and is simply as small. This makes it suitable for production. Our platform also provides access to a processor made from superconducting (transmon) qubits – a singular combination. Users can experiment with quantum algorithms and compare the processors.”
The quantum computer is seen as a key technology, enabling radically new products and services. it’s the potential to unravel certain problems much faster than ‘classical’ computers will ever be ready to achieve. Versluis said that one example helps to unravel the complex behavior of molecules for drug development: “Quantum computers calculate using the elemental laws of quantum physics, therefore the qubits are often both 0 and 1 at an equivalent time. This changes dramatically what we are ready to achieve with some calculations.”
The European Commission recognizes the potential of quantum technology for society and launched a billion-euro program in 2016: the Quantum Technology Flagship. This large-scale European research program is a component of the ‘Technology Package’; a broad package of measures to strengthen Europe’s digital economy.
Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth): “Europe is during a unique position to steer subsequent quantum revolution. Harnessing the facility of quantum technologies is vital to putting together a better, more sustainable, and safer European Union. The launch of Quantum Inspire marks a crucial breakthrough for European quantum, enabling our researchers to unlock the complete potential of quantum technologies.”
National Agenda for Quantum Technology
The Netherlands has involved the National Agenda for Quantum Technology (NAQT). This agenda includes catalyst programs (CATs), whose goal is accelerating the maturity of technology for application areas in the market and society. Quantum Inspire will function the backbone of 1 of the CATs: the ambitious Quantum Computing and Simulation testbed. Last January, the Dutch government announced an initial investment of € 23,5 million to fund the high-priority actions within the agenda.
Ingrid van Engelshoven (Minister of Education, Culture and Science): “Quantum computing may be a key technology for the longer term. The Netherlands may be a scientific leader during this field. I’m extremely pleased with the researchers and engineers from Delft, who combine research with innovation, entrepreneurship and therefore the training of talent. Quantum Inspire may be an initiative, the intention is to further proportion the platform within the Netherlands and Europe. Even in times of crisis, it’s important to share knowledge and still work on tomorrow’s innovations”.