The ministry for Education, Culture and Science has awarded a Gravitation grant for large-scale research on quantum software. This grant of 18.8 million euro unites researchers from QuSoft, CWI, Leiden University, QuTech, TU Delft, UvA and the VU in pursuing state of the art research programs in this new field. The NWO Gravitation grants sum up to a total amount of 112,8 million euro’s, awarded by minister Jet Bussemaker to give Dutch world-class scientists the opportunity to carry out innovative research that can bring about revolutionary breakthroughs.
Coordinating researcher professor Harry Buhrman (QuSoft, CWI, UvA) is very pleased: ‘We expect that small-scale quantum platforms and networks will soon become available. Such systems allow for calculations that extend far beyond those dreamed for conventional computers. The potential of these future quantum technologies is huge, but we will face great challenges in learning what to compute and how to perform such calculations.’
The Quantum Software Consortium unites researchers from computer science, mathematics and physics to develop and demonstrate such quantum software. Professor Stephanie Wehner (QuTech, TU Delft): ‘Quantum software is essential for quantum networks and computing. This grant allows us to take even bigger steps in the development and realisation of world-leading software applications for the future quantum internet in The Netherlands – possibly being the world’s first.