Representatives of the hosting entities, the European Commission and EuroHPC JU met in Luxembourg to sign the hosting agreements for the six quantum computers on June 27, 2023.

These will be distributed among the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

The hosting entities, working on behalf of EuroHPC JU, will lead the development and use of these systems, creating a collaborative ecosystem for quantum computing research.

The selection of incoming machines ensures a variety of quantum technologies and architectures, promoting innovation and giving Europe a competitive edge in this emerging field.

The main purpose of these quantum computers will be to support research and development (R&D) activities. Researchers, scientists and practitioners throughout Europe will have access to these systems, regardless of their geographical location.

This inclusiveness will enable the scientific community, industries and the public sector to harness the power of quantum computing to tackle complex problems that traditional supercomputers struggle to solve.

With these ambitious hosting agreements and strategic partnerships, Europe is taking a giant step toward harnessing the full potential of quantum computing. The integration of quantum computers with supercomputing infrastructure promises to revolutionize industries and scientific research, pushing Europe to the forefront of this transformative technology. As the procurement process begins, the EuroHPC quantum computing initiative is poised to lead innovation, scientific breakthroughs, and industrial progress throughout Europe and beyond.

The EuroQCS-Italy project was selected for Italy: an Italian-led consortium formed by Italy (CINECA, host institution), Slovenia (ARNES) and Germany (FZJ). The consortium aims to develop a quantum computer based on “neutral atoms” qubits, contributing to the development of quantum technologies in Europe. The new machine will be installed at the Tecnopolo of Bologna, and then integrated into the EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputer Leonardo.

Information on the features of all six consortia and the funding methods adopted can be found in the EuroHPC JU press release: