The nationwide Competence Network aims to advance the key technology of quantum computing in Germany. This involves developing new technological solutions as well as quantum-based computing strategies for problems in applied, business-relevant areas. Furthermore, we support companies in Germany in building up the necessary specialist skills.
At the heart of the Competence Network is an open research platform based around an IBM Q System One quantum computer. This is installed in the town of Ehningen in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg for exclusive use by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its partners. The quantum computer is operated under German legislation, which is an important advantage for users in terms of data protection and IP security.
The Network is the first contact point in Germany for companies and research organizations that wish to carry out research with the quantum computer. It not only supports experts who want to develop and test their own algorithms on the quantum computer, but also first-time users who would like to find out more about quantum computing in general and to make initial contacts in this field.