Aug. 31, 2023 — The Quantum Spain project is expanding its reach. Championed by the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), this initiative aims to build a robust quantum computing ecosystem in the nation.
This endeavor recently gained momentum with 14 new universities and research centers joining its ranks. Noteworthy among them are the Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. These new partners bring the project’s total participant count to 27, all dedicated to elevating Spain’s position in the global quantum computing landscape.
Central to their role is the development of pioneering quantum algorithms, especially those that intersect with Artificial Intelligence. Quantum Machine Learning stands as a crucial component in this intersection. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) will oversee the testing of these algorithms on quantum machines procured for the project.
“The entities with which we have signed the agreement represent the most outstanding and pioneering research groups in quantum computing in Spain. Their incorporation is fundamental for the promotion of a cutting-edge national ecosystem and the development of a solid scientific and technological fabric to which we aspire in Quantum Spain,” commented Alba Cervera, researcher at the BSC-CNS and coordinator of Quantum Spain.
In addition to algorithm development and testing, these new institutions will be instrumental in educational outreach. A highlight here is the TalentQ program, aimed at fostering and honing Spanish quantum talent. Coordinated by the University of Santiago de Compostela, the program will roll out a mix of online and in-person courses.
About Quantum Spain
Promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (SEDIA), Quantum Spain is funded by Next Generation funds from the Recovery Plan and aligns with the “Agenda España Digital 2026.”
It seeks to:
- Acquire and install a quantum computer.
- Develop quantum algorithms for practical applications.
- Introduce a cloud-based remote access system for real-time quantum algorithm testing.
- Launch a comprehensive training program to skill up potential quantum computing users.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) stands as the linchpin of this project, also serving as the primary hub of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES).
Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the national supercomputing center in Spain. The center is specialized in high performance computing (HPC) and manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located in the Torre Girona chapel.