Towards the establishment of a quantum computing center in Spain

The Galicia Supercomputing Center and Fujitsu have formalized their intention to boost research using quantum technology and the promotion of this industry through the development of a quantum computing center.

On April 21st, the Galicia Supercomputing Center (CESGA) and Fujitsu signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a quantum computing center, which will be set up in Galicia (Spain). Without a doubt that the future will pass by quantum, the goal is to promote research using this technology, at the same time that both entities will develop the quantum industry regionally and internationally.

This cooperation will work closely with universities and researchers from the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) to, in addition to the above missions, attract new investment and talent.

CESGA chose Fujitsu as a partner for its already vast experience in this field. This partnership will result, in a first instance, in the construction of a cluster system in the 34 qubit quantum computer simulator, which is equipped with the same A64FX CPU as in the Fugaku supercomputer, owned by Fujitsu. This supercomputer is the second fastest and most powerful in the world, according to the latest update of the TOP500 list.

In parallel, CESGA will acquire an additional cluster system, which will serve a 32 qubit quantum computer, developed by Oxford Quantum Circuits. Also in the plans is the acquisition of Fujitsu’s Digital Annealer. It is expected to be operational by September of this year.

From that moment on, the collaboration is officially open for work. CESGA and Fujitsu have plans to execute three use cases with Spanish companies that will mark the start of the use of the Digital Annealer. This is how they intend to start demonstrating the potential and benefits of quantum computing and technology.