Berkeley, CA and Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2021 — Rigetti Computing, a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing, today announced its partnership with PlanQK (Platform and Ecosystem for Quantum-Assisted Artificial Intelligence), a German consortium that joins end users with quantum hardware to advance quantum computing research and identify real-world artificial intelligence use cases.
PlanQK members will have access to Rigetti’s latest quantum processors to develop and test a variety of industrial use cases for quantum computing. PlanQK consortium members D-Fine, Deutsche Bahn, QAR-Lab of Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), University of Stuttgart and StoneOne AG will collaborate with Rigetti to evaluate the optimal use of Rigetti hardware, with a focus on quantum machine learning and optimization applications. By joining hardware and use case expertise, and a large network of end users across industries, Rigetti and PlanQK plan for this partnership to strengthen the quantum computing ecosystem and accelerate application development.
“Our partnership with PlanQK is an exciting opportunity to expand access to our latest generation of quantum processors, and to drive the industry towards commercialization with critical use case development. With the industry expertise of our PlankQK collaborators we’ll be able continue developing our hardware to create functionality that’s applicable to a broad user base,” says Mandy Birch, Rigetti SVP, Partnerships.
Andreas Liebing, CEO StoneOne AG and consortium lead PlanQK says: “We are very excited to have Rigetti join us as a hardware partner for the PlanQK platform. We have had insightful discussions during the setup phase; both on a use case as well as a platform integration level and are now looking forward to taking the next step in enabling the quantum ecosystem together with Rigetti.”
Prof. Frank Leymann, scientific director of PlanQK, adds: “One of the goals of PlanQK is to strengthen the application competence of industry in the field of quantum computing. This naturally includes the use of as many different quantum computers as possible. Therefore, I am pleased that PlanQK partners can now use Rigetti’s platform.”
About Rigetti Computing
Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing. The company has operated quantum computers over the cloud since 2017 and serves global enterprise, government, and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs more than 140 people with offices in the United States, U.K., and Australia. Learn more at rigetti.com.
PlanQK (Platform and Ecosystem for Quantum-Assisted Artificial Intelligence) is a lighthouse project of the AI Innovation Competition of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. As a common crystallization point for quantum-assisted artificial intelligence (QAI) it is intended to ensure that Germany maintains a technological expert role in the development and use of this key technology, particularly to enable small and medium-sized enterprises. PlanQK will provide easy access to expertise, algorithms and implementations/apps. Supported by more than 60 associated partners, the consortium consists of 19 industrial and academic partners; the Berlin software house StoneOne AG is the consortium leader and the University of Stuttgart is the scientific leader. Together, all participants contribute a large number of use cases that are being evaluated today, so that the use of quantum computers in industrial applications can be demonstrated and the platform immediately proves its marketability.
More information: https://planqk.de