At this year’s Digital Technology Days, the PlanQK research project presented how users, developers, researchers and hardware providers can use and distribute quantum computing resources in the future.
After a long hiatus, many research projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) came together again in Berlin as part of the digital technology days that take place every two years. At the instigation of the accompanying research, the opportunity was taken to bring together all the assembled funding projects of the new funding call „Quantum Computing: Applications for the Economy“ at the PlanQK stand for a personal meeting. PlanQK will provide its platform for many of these projects to enable the dissemination and exploitation of knowledge artefacts and quantum implementations. For this purpose, the consortium leader StoneOne, with its newly founded brand Anaqor, will ensure the continued operation and development of the platform beyond the originally planned duration at the end of 2023.
In addition to the many exciting discussions with research projects and other visitors, the PlanQK projects were given further opportunities to present the results they had developed: In addition to the visit of a delegation of the BMWK at the stand to discuss questions in person, the Digital Technology Days were enhanced this year by a joint presentation of PlanQK Scientific Director Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Leymann from the University of Stuttgart and PlanQK Community Manager David Niehaus from Anaqor. After a basic introduction to the potentials, current possibilities and challenges of quantum computing by Prof. Leymann, the PlanQK platform was demonstrated by Mr Niehaus using a concrete example from logistics. This demonstration, which included the complete value chain from developers to use by companies to the actual execution of code at the quantum computing manufacturer D-Wave in Canada, marked the start of an intensive discussion with the audience.