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Project launched to build Germany's first quantum cloud

News from Nov. 16, 2022

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has commissioned a consortium of German technology companies and research institutions to set up Germany's first quantum cloud for industrial users. The project is scheduled to run for three years and will provide selected test users with access to the quantum cloud in order to develop initial solutions for industrial applications on the platform.

The goal of the project is to develop a platform and associated tools and services for the economic development and integration of quantum software in the cloud. This will enable the creation of a holistic ecosystem for the application of quantum computing. The foundation for a German quantum cloud will be designed and implemented. The focus is on the legally secure and sovereign development, operation and use of quantum services in the German and European legal space. In doing so, a GAIA-X-compliant cloud platform for quantum software will be created, which will enable the monetization of quantum services and quantum software.

Within the project, Fraunhofer FOKUS is working on (1) integration of the PlanQK ecosystem including the provision of selected PlanQK use cases (UCs) on the quantum cloud platform, (2) analysis with respect to security and privacy of the provisioned SeQuenC cloud as well as (3) GAIA-X compliant adaptation of SeQuenC services and components and (4) their semantification.

SeQuenC is part of the “Digital Technologies for Business” funding program and for the first time creates the conditions for German industry and business to develop and operate sector-specific quantum applications. A dedicated cloud offering that combines the cloud, classic high-performance computing and quantum computing is pioneering Germany's sovereignty in the field of quantum computing. With this investment, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) is underlining its ambitions in the field of quantum computing and the associated goal of establishing Germany as a pioneer in the industrialization of this key technology.

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