“Full-stack quantum cloud” with open standards Hybrid quantum computing data center opened in Vienna
It is well known that quantum computers can be simulated to a certain extent on a classic high-performance computer. The limitations of this method also seemed to be known up to now. Quantum computing pioneer QMware may not recognize these limitations and is simply redefining the quantum computing in innovative ways.
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With a digital greeting from the Austrian Minister for Digitization and Business Location Margarete Schramböck, the “Hybrid Cloud Data Center Alpha” of the quantum computing pioneers Terra Quantum and Novarion Systems was opened in Vienna last Friday. Installed under the umbrella of NTT Data Centers Services’ Tier IV data center, the “commercial-scale hybrid quantum computing cloud platform,” which will be followed by more across Europe later this year, will be operated by QMware, a joint venture of both companies.
The two founders of QMware, Markus Pflitsch, CEO of the Swiss quantum technology specialist Terra Quantum, and Georg Gesek, CEO of the Austrian high-performance computing specialist Novarion, describe QMware as the developer of the first ‘full-stack’ global Quantum Cloud with open standards .
QMWare is deliberately positioning its Quantum Cloud as a (better) European alternative to the top dogs in Silicon Valley: “Based on open interfaces and development tools for platforms from market leaders in other commercial segments, QMware delivers GaiaX-compatible services that comply with federal data processing guidelines according to European values ‘ says Gesek.
And co-founder Markus Pflitsch adds: QMware offers its customers easy access to GaiaX-compatible hybrid quantum cloud services. This is done in combination with Terra Quantum’s state-of-the-art quantum algorithm design and quantum-based artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.”
40 error-free logical qubits
QMWare’s innovative approach relates to the connection of classic high-performance computers with virtualized quantum processors in a software stack. “We can currently provide up to 40 logical quantum bits,” say the two QMWare partners, adding: “These are error-free qubits that provide more computing power than the multiple native qubits that quantum computer manufacturers advertise with, but which still have high error rates due to the system.”
The company’s most important treasure is its expertise in creating hybrid quantum algorithms, which are processed in an integral manner by the “memory-centric hybrid computing architecture (consisting of CPU, GPU, virtualized and native quantum PU and soon also neuromorphic processors).
Live presentation by Rudolf Rotheneder, Novarion Systems, at the opening of “Alpha 1”, a data center for the operation of hybrid quantum computing.
“What we have achieved is nothing less than a new industry standard in quantum processor virtualization that protects our customers’ investment from day one. Any hybrid quantum computing application built in the QMware cloud will run indefinitely on any successor to the QMware platform and any future third-party general-purpose quantum processor that we integrate,” explains Gesek confidently.
Quantum software with hardware “down to earth”
One might think that the specialists at QMWare (and especially the Terra Quantum people there) have cleverly “recreated in software” and emulated the quantum computer, which as hardware currently resembles more of a physics laboratory than a classic computer a classic high-performance computer.
But that’s only half the story. In fact, QMware’s hybrid approach abstracts quantum computing to a great extent, while still remaining hardware-based. “Our software stack is extremely hardware-related in many respects, which is why it doesn’t run on just any cloud,” but only on our hybrid quantum computing cloud,” Plitsch and Gesek explain.
(Datacenter Insider will bring a detailed interview with Markus Pflitsch and Georg Gesek in the coming days.)