One year into the project, the OpenSuperQ consortium came together in Gothenburg, Sweden, for its first progress meeting. Project partner Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers) in Sweden invited the participants from 2 to 4 October 2019 up north to discuss the latest developments within the project and upcoming steps. The meeting was attended by group members of all 10 project partners as well as by several external members of the Advisory Board, User Board and Science Board.
Following a welcome by host Jonas Bylander from Chalmers, OpenSuperQ coordinator Frank Wilhelm-Mauch (Saarland University) opened the first meeting day by looking back on the last year. He stressed the truly integrative approach of the project and that all partners are working closely together to reach their ambitious common goal of building a European Quantum Computer of up to 100 qubits by the end of the three project years. Andreas Wallraff and Christopher Eichler from ETH Zurich then gave a more detailed overview of the first integration waypoint, which was followed by further status updates presented by the work package leaders.
After catching up on the work done so far, the emphasis of the second meeting day was on ongoing work issues and decisions. Several partners have shown details of their work in talks in two cross-cutting sessions on “Theory and applications” and “Circuit modelling tools and results”. It became clear during vivid work package breakout sessions in the afternoon that the individual partners have embraced their tasks, and that close collaboration will be essential for the project’s success and to overcome current challenges. Additionally, the participants had the chance to follow an Innovation Strategy Workshop including a webinar by Axel Koch from the IT Incubator of Saarland University. First steps, when it comes to successfully starting up a new business, were introduced and many partners exchanged their own experiences and lessons learnt. As Chalmers University of Technology is one of the three experimental sites within OpenSuperQ, next to ETH Zurich and VTT, the day was rounded off by tours through the laboratory and cleanroom on site. Several attendees took the chance to peek into the labs and to learn more how the OpenSuperQ devices are assembled and tested in Sweden.
On the third meeting day, three new science and user partners of OpenSuperQ – IQM (Finland), Cambridge Quantum Computing (United Kingdom) and Q-CTRL (Australia) – gave short presentations outlining their own research focus, strengths and potential cooperation with the project. After an internal General Assembly meeting, the consortium then dedicated a session to plan ahead for the next project year. Special emphasis was put on defining action points and following the integration roadmap in the next six months, before coordinator Frank Wilhelm-Mauch took the chance to thank everyone for their commitment and contribution. “We have had a great first year” he resumed, “but the real challenge is in front of us”.