IBM will construct the continent’s first quantum data centre 2023

IBM will open its first European quantum data center to provide enterprises, research institutes, and government agencies with cutting-edge quantum computing.

IBM plans to establish a data center in Ehningen, Germany, in 2024 with numerous quantum computing systems with utility-scale quantum processors of more than 100 qubits.

IBM said that the facility will be IBM Quantum’s European cloud area for European customers to utilize for quantum computing research and exploration.

Assisting clients with European data regulations

IBM’s second quantum data centre and quantum cloud region, after New York, will assist clients handle European data regulations, including processing all task data within EU borders.

“Europe has some of the world’s most advanced users of quantum computers, and interest is only accelerating with the era of utility-scale quantum processors,” said IBM Fellow and IBM Quantum Vice President Jay Gambetta.

The projected quantum data center and cloud region will provide European consumers a new opportunity to employ quantum computing to address some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

“Our quantum data centre in Europe is an integral piece of our global endeavor,” stated IBM General Manager for EMEA Ana Paula Assis.

“It will give our clients new opportunities to collaborate with our scientists in Europe and their own clients as they explore how best to apply quantum in their industry.”

IBM Quantum Europe

Bosch, Bundeswehr University, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale, including Euro-Information, Targobank, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, E.ON, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Poznan Supercomputing, and Networking Center, and T-Systems are among the more than 60 European organizations using the IBM Quantum Network to access quantum hardware and software via the cloud.

European customers are investigating quantum computing applications in material research, high-energy physics, energy transition, sustainability, and finance.

“At T-Systems, we are collaborating with IBM to combine quantum and classical computing in a seamless and scalable experience for our customers to explore quantum computing applications,” said Adel Al-Saleh, Deutsche Telekom board member and T-Systems CEO.

“Having access to a quantum data centre dedicated to Europe will lower the access barrier for our customers as they decide how to take their first, decisive steps in exploring and using quantum.”

IBM Distinguished Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering Richard Hopkins told Technology Magazine earlier this year how IBM wants to use quantum computing to improve society. Read more here.

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