CINECA and D-Wave Expand Access to Quantum Computing Technology and Resources in Italy

BOLOGNA, Italy and BURNABY, British Columbia, May 11, 2021 – CINECAThe Italian inter-university consortium and one of the world’s leading supercomputing centers, as well as D-Wave Systems Inc., a leading provider of quantum computing systems, software and services, have announced a formal collaboration to bring Italian universities, researchers and developers expanded access to more practical Quantum Computing Technology and Resources through D-Waves Leap Quantum cloud service.

CINECA, made up of 69 Italian universities, 25 national research institutions, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Universities and Research, will benefit from enhanced real-time access to the Leap quantum cloud service. This access includes D-Wave’s hybrid quantum / classical solvers, which use both quantum solutions and first-class classical algorithms to execute business-critical problems on a large scale. With real-time access to quantum computers via the cloud, the Italian and international scientific communities have the opportunity to advance quantum education, publishing, and research and development while driving the development of real-world quantum applications.

Cineca logoThis collaboration supports the consortium’s mission to support the Italian scientific community and improve quantum computer literacy and skills training for university partners. This, in turn, will benefit larger public administrations and the private business ecosystem. CINECA University members, such as the Milan Polytechnic University, have already expressed an interest in using quantum computers to study drug conversion and development, response and relief to natural disasters, and sustainability challenges such as decarbonization and energy generation. As an example of the value of working together, D-Wave and CINECA hosted a joint event Webinar On March 31, CINECA’s work on molecular docking for drug discovery using D-Wave’s quantum system will be presented.

D-Wave will also provide cloud access through Leap to its latest generation quantum system, Advantage, which includes:

  • Updated topology: The topology in Advantage makes it the best networked commercial quantum system in the world. In the Advantage system, each qubit can be linked to 15 other qubits, which can embed larger, more complex problems.
  • Increased number of qubits: The benefit is more than 5,000 qubits. More qubits and broader connectivity give quantum programmers access to a larger, denser, and more powerful diagram for building commercial quantum applications.
  • Higher performance and problem size: With the ability to solve problems of up to 1 million variables, the hybrid solver service in Leap enables researchers to run large, business-critical problems, adding complexity and size to problems that can be run right on the quantum, more than double the processing unit (QPU).
  • Expansion of the hybrid software and tools on the go: The hybrid solver service, new solver classes, ease of use, automation, and new tools provide an even more powerful hybrid rapid development environment in Python for business-scale problems.
  • Ongoing releases: D-Wave continues to innovate with additional hybrid solvers, QPUs and software updates via the cloud. Users can start today with Advantage and the Hybrid Solver service and will benefit from new components of the platform through Leap as they become available.

“We have a longstanding relationship with the pioneering team at CINECA, one of the first not-for-profit consortia to look into quantum computing,” said Daniel Ley, SVP Global Sales at D-Wave. “It takes more than just providers to bring quantum computers into the world. We must continue to build a resilient ecosystem of developers and researchers, innovative scientific institutions, cutting-edge academic organizations, and forward-thinking companies to work together. CINECA is connected with us in this mission and is committed to supporting their ecosystem in building practical and applied quantum computing applications. “

“We at CINECA are very pleased to be part of this agreement with D-Wave. Quantum Computing is an area that has developed rapidly in recent years, ”said Sanzio Bassini, head of the HPC department at CINECA. “The natural connection with HPC, with which CINECA has been concerned for more than 50 years, makes the topic of great interest both for CINECA and for the entire ecosystem of the universities and research institutions it represents. Many thanks to D-Wave for the cooperation. I have no doubt that it will be a wonderful experience for both parties. “

To learn more about how CINECA and D-Wave are working together to expand access to quantum computing technology and resources in Italy, click Here. Click to learn more about CINECA’s work in molecular docking for drug discovery using D-Wave’s quantum systems Here.


Founded in 1969, CINECA is a non-profit consortium made up of 69 Italian universities, 25 national research institutions, the Italian Ministry of Education and the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research. CINECA is the Italian national organization for supercomputer applications and research, one of the largest in Europe. It develops advanced information technology applications and services that support the European scientific communities, the Italian academic administrative offices, the Italian Ministry of Education, the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research, and the world of industry and public administration.

CINECA’s HPC infrastructure is equipped with state-of-the-art technology managed by qualified staff who work with researchers and customers to effectively use the HPC systems in both academic and industrial fields. CINECA’s mission is to accelerate scientific discovery by providing high performance computing resources, data management and storage systems and tools, HPC services and expertise in general. CINECA represents Italy in PRACE (the pan-European ESFRI-E infrastructure for HPC) and in the joint company EuroHPC (a joint initiative of the EU, European countries and private partners to develop a first-class supercomputing ecosystem in Europe).

About D-Wave Systems Inc..

D-Wave is a leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software, and services and the world’s first commercial quantum computing provider. Our mission is to unleash the power of the quantum computer to the world. In addition, we deliver customer benefits with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials science, drug research, scheduling, cybersecurity, error detection and financial modeling. D-Wave’s systems are used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations including NEC, Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, USRA, USC and Los Alamos National Laboratory. D-Wave’s US company, headquartered near Vancouver, Canada, is based in Palo Alto, CA. D-Wave has a blue-chip investor base that includes PSP Investments, Goldman Sachs, BDC Capital, NEC Corp. and In-Q-Tel belong. For more information visit:

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