Q&A: Architect of New “Inspire” Quantum-Computing Platform on Spin Qubits and Programming Quantum Chips

Post Syndicated from David Schneider original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/quantum-inspire-launches

IEEE Spectrum spoke with Richard Versluis of QuTech in the Netherlands, which last week launched “Inspire,” Europe’s first public-access quantum-computing platform. Versluis, who is the system architect at QuTech, wrote about the challenges of building practical quantum computers in Spectrum’s April issue.

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Spectrum: Tell me about QuTech. Is it a company, a government agency, a university, or some combination of the above?

Versluis: QuTech is the advanced research center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet, a collaboration founded in 2014 by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). TNO is an independent research institute. About 70 percent of our funding is from other businesses. But because we receive considerable base funding from the government, we are not allowed to make a profit. Our status is very much like the national labs in the United States.