HQI: a hybrid HPC-Quantum platform and a research program
In January 4th 2022, one year after the National Quantum Plan was announced by the French President, Neil Abroug, the national strategy coordinator, launched HQI: France Hybrid HPC-QC Initiative.
HQI is an integrated initiative. It combines a hybrid computing platform that couples several quantum processors with GENCI’s Joliot-Curie supercomputer hosted at TGCC (CEA), and an academic and industrial research program with user enablement.
This HPC-QC hybridization is an innovative and unique initiative that will benefit from the renowned expertise of the CEA/TGCC (Très Grand Centre de Calcul) teams in infrastructure operation, security and support to the scientific community.
The HQI initiative aims at serving the needs of French and European, academic and industrial research scientists, who want to evaluate free of charge, on a public infrastructure, the potential of quantum computing for their applications and develop international collaborations to foster open research.
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A research and industrial research program that relies on a deployed physical national hybrid HPC-QC platform
Overall budget is €72,3M (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir, also called PIA4)
Duration: 5 years
2 segments: acquisition and deployment of platforms; research program