Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing

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In January 2019, IBM presented the first commercially usable quantum computer - i.e. outside of laboratory environments - the IBM Q System One.

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.

Regional Competence Centers as local contact points

The network is divided into seven regional Competence Centers, each with its own research focus. These regional Competence Centers work closely with partners and customers from research and industry. They also offer a multi-level training and education program. This includes various courses as well as expert advice on specific questions concerning the use of quantum computers.

The branch office of the Competence Network at the Fraunhofer headquarters in Munich forms an overarching link between the various regional activities.

Fraunhofer-Kompetenznetzwerk Quantencomputing
Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing

Regional Competence Centers Quantum Computing



Focus: quantum hardware, hybrid computer systems

  • Fraunhofer IAF
  • Fraunhofer IAO


Focus: Security and robustness of quantum systems

  • Fraunhofer AISEC
  • Fraunhofer IIS
  • Fraunhofer IKS


Focus: quantum platforms

Fraunhofer FOKUS


Focus: security

  • Fraunhofer IGD
  • Fraunhofer SIT


Focus: Quantum Science & Engineering

  • Fraunhofer ILT
  • Fraunhofer IMS
  • Fraunhofer SCAI
  • Fraunhofer IAIS


Focus: quantum HPC (High Performance Computing), algorithms

Fraunhofer ITWM


Focus: applied quantum

  • Fraunhofer IWU
  • Fraunhofer IIS
  • Fraunhofer IAIS
  • Fraunhofer IOSB

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