Quantum Application Lab is now open to explore business opportunities — CWI Amsterdam

Organizations interested in exploring the benefits of quantum computing for their business are encouraged to connect now to the knowledge and technical infrastructure offered by the Quantum Application Lab (QAL). QAL is a new public-private R&D partnership that offers a unique team of scientists, researchers, engineers, application developers, software and hardware specialists in a leading platform to explore and implement market the benefits of quantum computing. CWI is one of its founding partners. QAL will help companies navigate this complex and changing environment, in order to make the best possible choices for their development roadmap and their intended applications.

A promising future

Quantum computing technology has attracted a lot of attention over the past couple of years, due to its promise of providing faster and better solutions to certain kinds of problems, compared to conventional binary (super)computers. In effect, quantum bits are used, the state of which can be a superposition of 1s and 0s. This, together with other quantum mechanical effects such as interference and entanglement, will result in a fundamentally new way of to process information.

The enormous computing power potential that quantum computers will offer will solve problems that are currently extremely difficult or insoluble for conventional computers. Examples of these are optimization problems (e.g. in risk management for banks and insurers), simulation of quantum mechanical systems (e.g. prediction of the behavior of new molecules and materials) and potentially l accelerating machine learning tasks.

The Dutch government is making significant investments in quantum computing to increase the scale of innovation and development, as are other governments in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

Develop useful applications of quantum computing

At present, the technological development of quantum hardware is accelerating sharply, extending from the academic field to high-tech industry supply chains that will produce the first prototypes, benefiting pioneering end users. Companies and other organizations are beginning to search for useful applications for quantum computing, but the availability of deep technical expertise and suitable hardware platforms can be a bottleneck. QAL will provide access to these services and will work closely with future end users of quantum computers to develop solutions that will benefit people and societies.

QAL will initially focus on optimization, simulation and machine learning applications. As such, it is fully aligned with the Quantum Delta NL (QDNL) foundation roadmap. QAL will assess and support its partners on their journey to “quantum value” and “quantum advantage” and help them develop R&D strategies and make investment decisions.

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About the Consortium

The founding partners of the Quantum Application Lab consortium are the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science), which have already been collaborating via the QuSoft institute for 2015 ; the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO); the Dutch ICT Collaborative Organization for Dutch Higher Education and Research (SURF); Technical University TU Delft (on behalf of Quantum Inspire) and the Netherlands eScience Center. IBM Quantum will serve as the technology provider.

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