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Quantum computing company IonQ has announced the opening of its new Quantum Data Center. The new data center is strategically located in Maryland’s Discovery District. The facility will house IonQ’s existing “state of the art” quantum computers. It would significantly expedite the development of future, more powerful quantum computers for commercial use.

This new data center space marks IonQ’s first major expansion. It would feature increased reliability via both onsite generators and battery backups, backup quantum computers, and “state of the art” security. It will also feature redundant Point of Presence (PoP) connections to the Internet2 backbone, the coast-to-coast U.S. research network that provides secured research environments for universities.

The new Quantum Data Center in Maryland’s Discovery District can accommodate 10 quantum computers, with space for more as IonQ’s systems simultaneously scale down in size and scale up in number of qubits with each new generation. Currently, IonQ is working on three new generations of quantum computers in parallel, with each expected to be exponentially more powerful than the last.

“Our Quantum Data Center solidifies Ion’s position in leading the race to build quantum computers able to tackle problems not yet solvable,” said Mahsa Dornajafi, Vice President of Finance and Operations at IonQ. “This dedicated space will empower our employees and researchers with the best equipment and resources needed to continue advancing the field of quantum computing.”

$5.5M Investment by University

Mahsa Dornajafi
“Our Quantum Data Center solidifies Ion’s position in leading the race to build quantum computers able to tackle problems not yet solvable,” said Mahsa Dornajafi, Vice President of Finance and Operations at IonQ.

The Quantum Data Center was made possible in part by a $5.5 million investment from the University of Maryland to quicken advancements in research, innovation, and learning, creating economic and social benefits for Maryland and beyond.

“Quantum computing technology will mature in this important new facility, and we are proud to partner with IonQ on it,” said Darryll J. Pines, President of the University of Maryland. “The new data center – with all its capabilities – will enhance our standing as a major international center for the development of quantum science and computing.”

In addition to the Quantum Data Center, the new space also features 10 conference rooms, Class A office space and two clean rooms for scientific research to enable increased productivity. The combined space can support up to 175 employees. IonQ has already hired 25 new employees since a recent funding raise and expects to continue aggressively recruiting talent in the years to come.

To remain cognizant of the health implications of working in a high-density workspace, IonQ’s Quantum Data Center would provide ample space to maintain social distancing and future-proof the workspace.

IonQ will move into the new space this month. Last month IonQ announced one of the world’s most powerful quantum computers. The company unveiled a quantum computing system featuring 32 perfect atomic qubits with low gate errors and an expected quantum volume greater than 4,000,000.

This follows recent new funding from Lockheed Martin, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and Cambium VC. It also follows the addition of four prominent new advisors to IonQ’s board. These include Umesh Vazirani, Roger A. Strauch Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the co-director of the Berkeley Quantum Computation Center (BQIC); David Wineland, Nobel Laureate and Philip H. Knight Distinguished Research Chair, University of Oregon, Department of Physics; Margaret (Peg) Williams, former Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Cray Inc.; and Kenneth Brown, Associate Professor at Duke University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The University of Maryland 

IonQ was founded in 2015 by Jungsang Kim and Christopher Monroe and their systems are based on foundational research at The University of Maryland and Duke University. IonQ’s unique approach to quantum computing is to start with nature: using individual atoms as the heart of our quantum processing units. They levitate them in space with electric potentials applied to semiconductor-defined electrodes on a chip, and then use lasers to do everything from initial preparation to final readout and the quantum gate operations in between.

A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the University of Maryland, College Park is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 297 academic programs. As one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the U.S., its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 58 members of the national academies. The institution has a $2.1 billion operating budget and secures more than $1 billion annually in research funding together with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.