Project ALQU: First awards for two industry partners

Our QCI application project ALQU has found two industrial partners through a public tender process. Together with the companies HQS Quantum Simulations and IQM Germany, ALQU can now research concrete material science applications for quantum computers.

In the DLR quantum computing initiative, industry and research come together for efficient technology transfer. To this end, we regularly use public tenders to search for industrial partners for our software and application projects at the DLR institutes. Not only the research and industrial partners benefit from this cooperation, but also the German quantum computer industry in the development of innovative products.

For the QCI project ALQU, we have now awarded two such orders for the first time: the quantum startup HQS from Karlsruhe and IQM Germany from Munich, have been awarded the contract for the research and development work with ALQU.

The main focus is on the sub-areas of quantum materials and the Fermi-Hubbard model for representing solids and their interactions. The joint research and development activities relate to the development of industrially usable and application-oriented algorithms.

The goal of this collaboration is on the one hand the development of innovative materials and products using the simulation of material properties and material dynamics on quantum computers, and on the other hand the development of algorithms on the quantum computing hardware of DLR QCI in hardware-software co-design.

“With the cooperation between industry and DLR research, we bring scientific findings directly into industrial use. In this way, we create positive impulses for the entire quantum computing ecosystem.”

Birgit Schuster-Pascher, Project Manager DLR QCI

Benefits for research, industry and ecosystem

A two-dimensional grid is defined here. A Fermi-Hubbard model is then set up and solved for these grids. Source: HQS

For application testing, ALQU will subject promising approaches for the perspective solution of difficult computing problems to a performance benchmark between classic high-performance and quantum computing on currently available hardware and at the same time test new compilation strategies.

This cooperation has two goals: On the one hand, the development of innovative materials and software for simulating material properties and material dynamics on quantum computers. On the other hand, the algorithm development on the quantum computing hardware of DLR QCI in hardware/software co-design. In the ALQU project, the focus is on cooperation with our ion trap projects.