76 percent of high performance computing (HPC) data centers across the world expect to deploy quantum computing by 2023, while 71 percent plan to transition to on-premises quantum computing by 2026. It’s the outcome of a recent study conducted by research form IDC and commissioned by IQM and Atos.
The projected benefits of quantum computers for HPC data centers are clear, according to IDC’s survey: addressing new issues such as supply chain logistics or climate change concerns (45 percent) and solving current problems faster (38 percent) – all while lowering computing costs (42 percent).
Cloud is a key part of this HPC architecture, which incorporates both conventional and custom-developed infrastructure components. Hybrid and cloud installations are particularly essential in the EMEA area, according to survey respondents. A hybrid HPC architecture is a major priority for 50% of respondents (North America 46 percent; APAC 38 percent). However, nothing is known about how quantum computing will interact with traditional HPC infrastructure. As a result, with the rise of quantum computing, outsourcing operations and maintenance to partners will continue.
In addition, one of the study’s key findings is that getting the best performance out of high-performance computing while maintaining security and resilience is becoming increasingly challenging for users.
“Quantum computing has all the credentials to change the way both scientific and business challenges will be addressed,” said Dr. Stefano Perini, IDC European Quantum Computing Practice Co-lead Spokesperson of IDC. “Yet, there is little data on what are the current and future adoption trends of this cutting-edge technology by organizations around the world. The study sheds light on how HPC centers are experimenting with quantum computing and how they’re planning to do it in the future. By filling this gap, we have been able to define the key steps to undertake in order for quantum computing to flourish and achieve a significant impact over the next years.”
A Market in Transition
Quantum computing’s future success hinges on the development and testing of real-world application cases. The four most important applications of quantum computing are currently related to the analysis of large volumes of data and addressing industry-specific issues.
The following are the top use cases indicated by the HPC centers contacted by IDC:
- Searching databases (59 percent)
- Investment risk analysis (45 percent)
- Molecular modelling (41 percent)
- Asset Management (32 percent)
A total of 110 key decision-makers from HPC facilities throughout the world were polled by IDC. The findings give tangible insights into a technological field that will have a huge impact globally.
“We work with some of the leading HPC centers in the world, and we planned this study to provide the quantum industry a thorough understanding of the state of quantum at HPC centers globally,” said Dr. Jan Goetz, CEO and Co-Founder of IQM Quantum Computers. “The strong investments for on-premise quantum computers, focus on skills gap and sustainability are very important findings from this study, and it will help IQM, Atos and our ecosystem partners in creating new products and offerings”
Finland headquartered IQM is a pan-European provider of quantum computing technology. IQM gives full access to its hardware and delivers on-site quantum computing for research laboratories and supercomputing data centers. Through a unique application-specific co-design methodology, IQM would provide quantum benefits to industrial customers.
With VTT, IQM is now constructing Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer, and a consortium led by IQM is constructing Germany’s quantum computing system, which will be incorporated into an HPC supercomputer to form a future scientific research accelerator.
As a global provider of digital transformation solutions and services, Atos counts 107,000 employees and has annual revenue of over € 11 billion.
“There has never been such a comprehensive study of the opportunities of the quantum technologies for the supercomputing market. Therefore, we conducted this analysis together with IDC and IQM to learn more about the supercomputing market in EMEA and the world,” said Udo Littke, Head of Atos Central Europe. “The results show that quantum computing is more important in Europe than in the rest of the world. Europe has a unique ecosystem for quantum computing, which is now showing strong growth. Especially now, it is important to work with strong partners who have already executed various projects and use cases and bring the relevant know-how. IQM is actually part of our Atos Scaler, an accelerator program creating partnerships with the start-up ecosystem.”