AQuRA × anabrid: Kick-off for the first industry & research partnership in the QCI
The ecosystem of quantum computing comes to life when research findings efficiently find their way into application in industry and business – and conversely, the needs of industry and business motivate research. With the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative (QCI), we are therefore supporting the exchange between quantum research at DLR and industry. It is one of our central tasks.
Within the QCI, we implement this, for example, with partnerships between DLR research projects and industrial partners. As the first such project tandem, the team of our QCI project AQuRA met with our contractor anabrid at the innovation center in Ulm to plan the cooperation. Their goal: Together they want to investigate classical and quantum mechanical computing paradigms and computer topologies, model quantum systems and real-world problems on different computing architectures and compare the simulations. In this way, they want to identify the optimal possible uses of classical and quantum-mechanical analogue computers.
AQuRA project manager Matthias Zimmermann from the DLR Institute of Quantum Technologies hopes that this collaboration will enable them to transfer concepts from classic analogue computing to the quantum domain.
“It would be a real success if we could combine the advantages of the classic analog computer, for example when solving partial differential equations quickly, with the advantages of quantum computing for certain problems.”Matthias Zimmermann, project manager of AQuRA at the DLR Institute for Quantum Technologies
This partnership between AQuRA and anabrid is a good example of the potential of industrial-scientific exchange: AQuRA is developing a functional concept and simulation software for an analogue quantum computer that could solve certain problems more efficiently than classic computers and digital quantum computers. Anabrid has world-leading expertise in classic analog computing and is developing the REDAC analog computer for us. Sven Köppel, Chief Scientific Officer at anabrid, is looking forward to the joint research activities and the resulting demanding calculations for REDAC.
“Such a cooperation becomes a win-win situation when both DLR and anabrid benefit from the resulting know-how.”Sven Köppel, Chief Scientific Officer at anabrid
Cooperation is made easier by the fact that both project partners are based at the innovation center in Ulm and can use the QCI co-working space, for example. This is also one of our goals: to create the critical mass for innovation and efficient technology transfer at the innovation centers in Hamburg and Ulm. Or as QCI project manager Daniel Ceglinski said at the kick-off:
“Here, DLR and industry are working together on innovative future technology. This is pioneering work!”Daniel Ceglinski, project manager at DLR Quantum Computing Initiative
The deep-tech start-up anabrid has been developing modern analogue and hybrid computers since 2020. The founders have decades of experience in analogue computing, circuit design, IC design and in industrial application areas. The company’s medium-term goal is to develop a highly integrated analogue computer on a microchip that can be used as a coprocessor in industry and research.