Israel builds state-of-the-art quantum computing center

Quantum mechanics could change computing as we know it forever. And the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) wants Startup Nation to be at the forefront of this change.

The government agency has allocated NIS 100 million ($29 million) over three years to establish an Israeli quantum computing center, to be built by Tel Aviv-based company Quantum Machines.

The new center “is part of The IIA’s policy to enable the industry to maintain its leadership position at the forefront of breakthrough and disruptive technologies,” said Ami Appelbaum, President of The IIA.

The center will provide researchers with access to the development of three quantum processing technologies: superconducting qubits (short for “quantum bit”, the quantum computing equivalent of the binary digit or “bit” in classical computing), ions cold and optical computing – all with a common control layer.

The center will further provide the Israeli quantum computing community, both industrial and academic, with a complete quantum computer on which to perform direct calculations. And it will provide R&D services to Israel’s innovation ecosystem.

Some of the other Israeli and international companies providing technology and consultancy for the new center include Tel Aviv-based Classiq, Haifa-based Elbit Systems, Netherlands-based QuantWare, London-based ORCA Computing, and ColdQuanta. from Colorado.

The goal is to have a fully operational infrastructure within 12 to 18 months with more than 50 qubits of computing power.

The IIA’s future center is not the only one operating with quantum computing in Israel. The TELEM Forum (National R&D Infrastructure) and the Directorate of Defense Research and Development within the Israeli Ministry of Defense will soon launch an additional tender to develop quantum technologies for military use.

Ultimately, the new center should reduce R&D costs and provide the knowledge needed to guide researchers and provide a foundation for training personnel in this potentially revolutionary field.

“The establishment of the Quantum Computing Center presents a substantial leap in the strength of Israeli civilian technology,” adds Orit Farkash HaCohen, Israel’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, enabling the Startup Nation “to make advance Israeli industry and ensure its technological leadership”.

Quantum computing aims to exploit the collective properties of quantum states – which include superposition, interference and entanglement – ​​to perform complex calculations and solve problems too sophisticated for today’s computers and even supercomputers. .

For example, supercomputers are great at doing difficult tasks like sorting through a large database of protein sequences, but they struggle to see subtle patterns in that data that determine how those proteins behave.

Click here for IBM’s introduction to what quantum computing is.