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Quantum Computing @ CINECA


From March 1st 2021, CINECA made available, free of charge, computing hours selected from the most advanced and mature quantum computing technologies currently available on the market to all Italian universities and research centers.
In particular, it will be possible to access Quantum annealing resources, the use of which is possible thanks to the recent collaboration agreements between CINECA and the leading company in the quantum annealing sector, D-WAVE, which currently owns one of the most powerful quantum annealers in the world. Through the agreement, CINECA will make calculation hours available to the Italian scientific community both on the new D-WAVE computer, Advantage, which has a QPU of over 5000 qubits, and on the hybrid D-WAVE machines, modern supercomputers that combine the power of quantum annealers with HPC resources, increasing the computing power of the machines to allow users to solve combinatorial optimization problems using a maximum of one million binary variables (equivalent, therefore, to a quantum annealer with one million qubits).
The agreement provides for a total of 55 hours to be distributed monthly between now and the end of the year (approximately 5 hours per month). Each hour is interchangeable with 20 hours of calculation on hybrid systems.
Quantum annealing resources will be awarded upon submission of an ISCRA-C project. Also, it will be possible to access HPC resources for emulation of quantum computing environments.
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