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Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe. FZJ is organised 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 bioeconomy. In the research field information its long standing interests include among others solid state physics and devices, and high-performance computing.

FZJ has unique expertise with large scale, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. It will provide state-of-the-art lab space and infrastructure, which will be adapted to the specific requirements of realizing a superconducting quantum computing system. Jülich Supercomputing Centre provides high performance computer capacity for scientists at the FZJ, at universities and research laboratories in Germany and in Europe - as well as for industrial partners. This comprises the operation and especially the development of the supercomputers and the technical infrastructure, the data storage, visualisation systems, networks and software. A further important task is the user support and education.

Main tasks in the project

FZJ has both theoretical and experimental tasks in OpenSuperQ, in theoretical device and small system modeling, in contributing to system software, and in developing application software.

Building on its long experience in detailed quantum modeling of transmon devices, and of circuit QED structures, FZJ will contribute research on theoretical projects directly related to device experiments (WP1). Its major role in the consortium is however in establishing and coordinating the central site of OpenSuperQ. This will involve both the development of a central laboratory in Jülich for assembly of best-practice hardware to be used by all experimental groups in the consortium; it will also develop system-level software for the effective implementation of quantum algorithms on the central-site machine.


Expertise of staff members involved

Prof. Dr. David DiVincenzo
Prof. Dr. David DiVincenzo

Head of Institutes - Institute for Theoretical Nanoelectronics, Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Education and career: 1976-83 studies of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, completing a PhD in EE (supervised by Prof. E. Mele); 1983-1985 postdoctoral research (supervisor Prof. John Wilkins) at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; 1985-2010 Research Staff Member, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown, NY (period of IBM management service, 1990-94, 2007-10); 2010-present Professor of Physics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (2010-2016 as A. von Humboldt Professor for Research); 2010-present Director of Research Department “Theoretical Nanoelectronics” of the Peter Grünberg Institut of the Forschungszentrum Jülich (since 2016 also as JARA (Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance) Professor of the JARA Institute for Quantum Information.

Awards: Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Research (2010); IBM Outstanding Innov. Award: “Seminal Contributions to Quantum Computing” (2007); Fellow of the American Physical Society (2000).

Service: Associate Editor, Reviews of Modern Physics (2012-present); Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters (2006-2012); Editor-in-chief, AIP/APS Virtual Journal of Quantum Information (2001-2013).

Prof. Dr. Kristel Michielsen
Prof. Dr. Kristel Michielsen

Group leader "Quantum Information Processing", Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Education and career: 1985-89 studies of physics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium; 1990-93 doctoral studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (supervisor Prof. Dr. Hans De Raedt), graduated as Doctor of Science; 1993-2005 Postdoc and research scientist, University of Groningen, the Netherlands; 2006-present Founder and CEO of EMBD, a Belgian company providing scientific services and software products for industrial and academic customers; 2009-present Group leader of the research group “Quantum Information Processing”, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Professor at RWTH Aachen University.

Awards: Wim Nieuwpoort Award for “Massively Parallel Quantum Dynamics Simulator”, awarded to Prof. Dr. H.A. De Raedt and co-applicants Dr. F. Jin and Prof. Dr. K. Michielsen (2011)

Service: Review Editor, Frontiers in Computational Physics (2013-present); organization of the International Workshop on Quantum Annealing and its Applications in Science and Industry (QuAASI’16), FZJ (2016); organization of the special conference session on Quantum Annealing & Its Applications for Simulation in Science & Industry at ISC 2017, the international supercomputing conference held in Frankfurt am Main (2017)