This MOU strengthens their shared vision, recognizing the profound impacts quantum computing is expected to have in advancing knowledge and scientific discovery, and for realizing economic and societal benefits.
The NQCC and Hub are part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, an integrated research and technology programme with a 10-year vision for making the UK a ‘quantum ready’ economy. Between 2014 and 2024 £1Bn of public and private investment will be committed to this endeavour.
Quantum computers are expected to deliver a step-change in computing power, with the ability to perform certain tasks that are practically impossible for today’s digital computers. As a result they are a key part of the national programme, and the UK is supporting both a national centre and a research hub focussing in this area.
Harnessing the power of quantum computing and simulation will catalyse the development of new technologies, for instance helping to speed up the discovery of new materials and medicines, designing new batteries for electric vehicles, and optimizing traffic flows for better (and greener) use of transport networks. Quantum computers could ultimately help to provide deep insights into how the universe works.
Under the MOU, the NQCC and QCS Hub pledge to work together to advance the field of quantum computing for the benefit of the UK and unlock the advantages for wider society. The organizations will endeavour to pursue joint research, and build the future workforce, by promoting the mobility of researchers, working on collaborative projects, supporting training schemes and sharing access to their facilities.
“This signing of this MOU marks an important step in our shared goal of making the UK a quantum ready economy” explains Professor Dominic O’Brien, Director of the Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub. “We are looking forward to working closely with the NQCC to accelerate the development of this disruptive technology.”
NQCC Director, Dr Michael Cuthbert said: “I am delighted we have established a shared vision under this MOU with the QCS Hub. Quantum computing will be an important technology in the coming years. Ensuring the NQCC and QCS Hub can speak and act with shared purpose gives confidence to the community and sets a further example of collaboration across our National Quantum Technologies Programme. I am particularly pleased we will have shared focus on skills, training and mobility, workforce development is important for our own organisations and vital for the growth of our industry partners across the sector.”
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