After the successful evaluation and grant preparation phase of the OpenSuperQ proposal, the project partners met for a research preparation workshop at the premises of ETH Zurich from 27 to 29 August 2018. OpenSuperQ is a European research project where 10 international partners from academia and industry will collaborate in a unique research endeavour to build a hybrid high-performance quantum computer. The aim of this scientific workshop was to update all partners and to bring everyone on the same page in view of first project tasks and milestones ahead, thus to be able to hit the ground running when the project officially starts in October.
During the first part of the highly productive workshop, the group focused on experimental integration issues, such as fabrication and design, components, chip layout and cryogenics, as well as on a software strategy. This was followed by sessions where the work package leaders and participating groups of the research work packages 1 – 4 reported on updates, milestones as well as the staffing situation and potential risks for their respective work packages. Additionally, OpenSuperQ project coordinator Frank Wilhelm-Mauch from Saarland University updated the partners on management and coordination issues in order to enable a smooth project start on 1 October 2018.
“We are fortunate to have gathered a team of the most renowned players in the field bringing together science, engineering and application development at the highest level,” he said.
OpenSuperQ preparatory workshop Zurich, group picture