In the project "Application-driven benchmarking of quantum computers", or Bench-QC for short, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and for Cognitive Systems (IKS) are joining forces with four industrial partners, BMW, Quantinuum, Reply and OptWare. Together, they want to find out when and for which applications quantum computing can offer an advantage over classical high-performance computing. Their focus is on possible industrial applications.
On the industry side, there is interest in quantum computing for accelerating specific computing operations and improving the performance of processes, especially in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Academically, the focus of Bench-QC is on quantum algorithms and quantum machine learning.
By focusing on applications, the research within Bench-QC is intended to complement the existing research activities in Munich Quantum Valley with the main goal of developing and operating quantum computers in Bavaria.
Read the whole press release on the Fraunhofer IKS website [in German].