Germany’s Quantum Future
Faster, more powerful and smarter – that’s what Germany is aiming to become by supporting the development of quantum supercomputers. International quantum hardware and application companies are starting to take notice.
Two billion euros is no small chunk of change. So the German government’s decision in 2020 to invest that sum in quantum computing is a clear indication of where it believes the future lies. Quantum computers can perform calculations at far greater speeds than conventional ones. And that’s fueled hopes that many vital research experiments – which would otherwise be conducted in costly and time-consuming laboratory settings – can now be fully simulated.
The billion-euro investment package for the development and construction of quantum computers comes from the government’s economic stimulus and crisis management package. The first milestone of the new initiative was the publication of their “Roadmap Quantum Computing” in January 2021.
“The roadmap shows what it takes to transfer the excellence of basic research into the application phase through close cooperation between the private sector and academia,” says Professor Stefan Filipp, one of the two chairpersons of the government’s Quantum Computing Expert Council. “Germany and Europe must act now, because the search for ever more computing power is picking up steam, and the US’ technology giants and start-ups have already grabbed some of the pole positions.”
this year, is the end result of a collaboration between IBM and the Fraunhofer research group. © picture alliance/photothek/Florian Gaertner
An international opportunity
The German government has made it clear that its quantum computing plans will be realized using German and Europan-made components and know-how. As a result, international companies from all over the world are setting up offices in Germany to contribute directly to related projects and benefit from the growing ecosystem.
Munich’s Quantum Business Network (QBN) has registered strong interest from several global players in quantum hardware and applications. “We estimate that 70 percent of all foreign players with potential stakes in Germany’s quantum computing business have either recently opened an office in the country or are in the process of setting one up,” QBN CEO and founder Johannes Verst says.