Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. FZJ is organized in various research institutions, each one addressing a specifically defined scientific goal or societal challenge. The research of FZJ focusses on three major areas: information, energy, and bio-economy. In the research field information its long-standing interests include among others: supercomputing, data management, information security, and quantum computing.
FZJ follows long-time research and education goals of the German state as member of the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V. (HGF). In this context, FZJ is bound to goal-oriented national funding schemes. FZJ’s goal is to promote research and investigation exclusively for non-military applications, through research activities, initiatives and events, often within national and international collaborations with Universities and other research institutions. FZJ is required to publish the results of its research activities and to make them available to the public.
Role within HPCQS
FZJ is coordinating the HPCQS consortium scientifically and serves, jointly together with EURICE, as first point of contact for management and partners. FZJ will be involved in all work packages.
In WP1, FZJ will monitor project progress against milestones, coordinate and mediate between partners and proactively plan risk mitigation and corrective action.
In WP2, FZJ will, together with GENCI, be responsible for the procurement of the quantum simulator and its installation, integration and operation in the FZJ HPC infrastructure. FZJ will, together with other partners, also be involved in the regular technological assessment of quantum computing hardware and software.
In WP3, FZJ will lead the task to provide a portal solution that allows end-users convenient and flexible access to the quantum simulator via the web browser.
In WP4, FZJ will, together with UIBK, develop a variational quantum simulation & optimization toolbox.
In WP5, FZJ will perform simple experimental benchmarking tests on the quantum simulator and benchmark QAOA on the HPCQS hybrid against large-scale emulators and the D-Wave quantum annealer in order to assess the performance and scalability for real world applications. In addition, FZJ will contribute to training, knowledge transfer and user engagement via JUNIQ.
In WP6, FZJ will be involved in all the dissemination and community engagement activities and set up a peer reviewed provisioning process for access to the quantum-classical hybrid software and hardware infrastructure.
Our vision for HPCQS
Enabling access to the HPCQS infrastructure will leverage the broad knowledge and the emerging technological solutions found in the academic and industrial European ecosystem, supported by experts from European HPC centers. What is more, HPCQS will strengthen on-going efforts in Europe to support quantum start-ups through the adoption of quantum technology by academic institutions and industries.- from Prof. Kristel Michielsen