UptownBasel agrees cooperation with D-Wave from Canada

13 December 2022 11:08

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Arlesheim/Burnaby - UptownBasel and D-Wave Systems have agreed to enter into a strategic partnership. The Canadian manufacturer of quantum computers will offer companies access to its quantum technology at the QuantumBasel competence center.

UptownBasel has entered into a strategic partnership with D-Wave Quantum Inc. Together, the international center of excellence for Industry 4.0 based in Arlesheim in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, which was officially opened in September, and the Canadian provider of quantum computers and software based in Burnaby in the province of British Columbia intend to offer companies access to high-performance technology as well as machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), further details of which can be found in a press release.

To this end, uptownBasel recently opened the Center of Competence for Quantum and Artificial Intelligence, QuantumBasel. This is Switzerland’s first commercially usable quantum computer hub. Moreover, it has joined the IBM Quantum Network as a hub and for the provision of local capacities for high-performance computers.

QuantumBasel is aimed at companies in the pharmaceutical, MedTech, industrial production and logistics sectors, as well as start-ups, universities and universities of applied sciences. D-Wave will act as the provider of quantum optimization technology for uptownBasel, providing the center's tenants and customers with access to its annealing quantum computer via a real-time quantum cloud service.

With its immense performance of more than 5,000 qubits and 15-way qubit connectivity, D-Wave's fifth-generation high-performance computer is designed to help companies “find answers to their most complex and computationally intensive challenges”, comments Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave, in the press release.

“By joining forces with uptownBasel and serving as its annealing quantum computing technology provider, we look forward to helping fuel global quantum innovation, enablement and education”, Baratz adds.

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