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Primeur weekly 2019-09-09

Quantum computing

New quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe ...

Schrödinger and Qu & Co announce collaboration to advance quantum mechanical computations on quantum computers ...

Spreading light over quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

AUBASS' AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform solution ported on Kalray's intelligent processor ...

eScience Center takes part in hackathon to improve tools for analysis of internet therapies ...

At the edge of chaos, powerful new electronics could be created ...

Middleware

2CRSI becomes a Bright reseller in the USA, Europe and Middle East ...

NERSC and ECP host OpenMP Hackathon for energy-efficient architectures ...

Hardware

Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable data centre technology scale-up Asperitas ...

Konstantinos Orginos awarded time on world's fastest supercomputer to study Lattice QCD ...

GRC teams with NVIDIA to provide fully optimized liquid-immersion cooled system to support the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer ...

Mellanox introduces new LinkX 200G & 400G cables & transceivers at CIOE, Shenzhen, China and ECOC, Dublin, Ireland 2019 ...

Texas boosts U.S. science with fastest academic supercomputer in the world ...

New insulation technique paves the way for more powerful and smaller chips ...

WekaIO awarded three patents ...

Intel Xeon Scalable processors drive advanced research in world's fastest academic supercomputer ...

Applications

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers use Frontera supercomputer to simulate neutron star mergers ...

Researchers use TACC's new Frontera supercomputer to simulate viruses and cells ...

Teaching Neural Networks Quantum Chemistry ...

Building a sunnier energy future ...

Researchers apply increasing computational power to develop predictive models and create patient-specific treatment plans ...

Researchers will simulate high speed turbulent flows on Frontera supercomputer ...

U.S. National Science Foundation awards San Diego Supercomputer Center and partners $5,9 million to host EarthCube Office ...

Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami ...

Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research ...

NCSA machine learning pipeline provides insight into energy-efficient home improvement programmes ...

Eight projects to gain early access to the Frontier supercomputer ...

New Berkeley Lab study uses supercomputers to analyze hydrological changes in a California watershed following a wildfire ...

PPG selected for DOE partnership to speed development, testing of adhesives for lightweight vehicles ...

Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved - using real life planetary computer ...

New quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe


2 Sep 2019 Brussels - Today marks the launch of a pilot project, OPENQKD, that will install a test quantum communication infrastructure in several European countries. It will boost the security of critical applications in the fields of telecommunications, health care, electricity supply and government services.

The project OPENQKD will aim to bring about a change in the way we see, understand and use quantum communication. Its main focus is to create and test a communication network infrastructure with a built-in quantum element, using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a ultra-secure form of encryption that allows data to be transmitted with a very high level of security.

Roberto Viola, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, stated: "This project will make a key contribution to ensuring that Europe remains at the forefront of research into quantum technologies and their applications which, among many other uses, have the potential to transform the way that we communicate securely. The EU has already shown that it is serious about quantum by launching in 2018 the Quantum Technologies Flagship, a 1 billion euro initiative that will fund cutting-edge research over the next ten years."

Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety and Security at the Austrian Institute of Technology, which is coordinating the project, added: "With the European OPENQKD initiative, Europe builds on its leadership in science and technology in the sector of quantum technologies by fostering a strong cooperation among research and industry as well as the public sector. This will enable an innovative eco-system for creating a new perspective for our secure digital Europe and building the foundation for next generation communication technologies."

The European Commission chose to fund OPENQKD following a Horizon 2020 call for proposals in 2018. Its mission is to develop an experimental testbed based on QKD and to test the existing equipment supplied by different manufacturers of quantum components. OPENQKD's activities will take place across Europe - in Austria, Spain, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy, UK, Greece and the Czech Republic. It will focus on several key fields of operations, especially the telecommunications sector, where data traffic in transit and at rest needs to be secured. Other applications, such as securing medical and governmental data or the transmission of secure control signals in the electricity grid, will also be demonstrated and evaluated.

In addition, OPENQKD will address the development of a European ecosystem for quantum technology providers, and application developers. It will also work to identify new use-cases by supporting start-ups and SMEs, as well as offering modern test facilities to new quantum stakeholders. A further objective for the project is to devise standards and security certifications for this infrastructure.

To achieve its ambitious goals, the OPENQKD project will last three years and have a budget of 15 million euro. Its consortium consists of 38 partners from 13 EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated States. The consortium partners cover a wide range of competences including quantum equipment manufacturers, network operators, system integrators, small and medium-sized enterprises, research and technology organisations, universities, certification and standardisation bodies and end users.

In October 2018, the European Commission launched the first phase of the Quantum Technologies Flagship, a 1 billion euro, ten-year initiative pooling resources around a commonly agreed science and technology roadmap. Five fields are covered: quantum communication, quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum metrology and sensing, and the basic science behind quantum technologies.

In June 2019, several EU countries signed a declaration agreeing to explore together how to develop and deploy a quantum communication infrastructure (QCI) across the EU within the next ten years. Since then, three other Member States have also signed the declaration.

In the period 2021-2027, quantum technologies will be supported by the Digital Europe programme, which will develop and reinforce Europe's strategic digital capacities, as well as the Commission’s Horizon Europe programme, contributing to research applications.

Source: European Commission

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Primeur weekly 2019-09-09

Quantum computing

New quantum project aims for ultra-secure communication in Europe ...

Schrödinger and Qu & Co announce collaboration to advance quantum mechanical computations on quantum computers ...

Spreading light over quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

AUBASS' AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform solution ported on Kalray's intelligent processor ...

eScience Center takes part in hackathon to improve tools for analysis of internet therapies ...

At the edge of chaos, powerful new electronics could be created ...

Middleware

2CRSI becomes a Bright reseller in the USA, Europe and Middle East ...

NERSC and ECP host OpenMP Hackathon for energy-efficient architectures ...

Hardware

Shell and PDENH are investing in Dutch sustainable data centre technology scale-up Asperitas ...

Konstantinos Orginos awarded time on world's fastest supercomputer to study Lattice QCD ...

GRC teams with NVIDIA to provide fully optimized liquid-immersion cooled system to support the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer ...

Mellanox introduces new LinkX 200G & 400G cables & transceivers at CIOE, Shenzhen, China and ECOC, Dublin, Ireland 2019 ...

Texas boosts U.S. science with fastest academic supercomputer in the world ...

New insulation technique paves the way for more powerful and smaller chips ...

WekaIO awarded three patents ...

Intel Xeon Scalable processors drive advanced research in world's fastest academic supercomputer ...

Applications

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers use Frontera supercomputer to simulate neutron star mergers ...

Researchers use TACC's new Frontera supercomputer to simulate viruses and cells ...

Teaching Neural Networks Quantum Chemistry ...

Building a sunnier energy future ...

Researchers apply increasing computational power to develop predictive models and create patient-specific treatment plans ...

Researchers will simulate high speed turbulent flows on Frontera supercomputer ...

U.S. National Science Foundation awards San Diego Supercomputer Center and partners $5,9 million to host EarthCube Office ...

Researchers uncover role of earthquake motions in triggering a 'surprise' tsunami ...

Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research ...

NCSA machine learning pipeline provides insight into energy-efficient home improvement programmes ...

Eight projects to gain early access to the Frontier supercomputer ...

New Berkeley Lab study uses supercomputers to analyze hydrological changes in a California watershed following a wildfire ...

PPG selected for DOE partnership to speed development, testing of adhesives for lightweight vehicles ...

Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved - using real life planetary computer ...