Singapore’s Quantum Engineering Program (QEP) has launched three national platforms to grow the country’s capabilities in quantum computing, quantum-secure communication and the manufacture of quantum devices.
Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policy, and President of the National Research Foundation (NRF), Heng Swee Keat, spoke about the initiatives in his opening speech at the Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG), the main technical event of the region, May 31, 2022.
The three national quantum platforms, which are hosted through the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, (A * STAR), and the National Supercomputing Center ( NSCC) Singapore, will coordinate activities through research organizations and build public-private partnerships to put Singapore at the forefront of quantum technologies. The platforms are:
- National Quantum Computer Center – which will develop quantum computing capabilities and explore applications through industry collaborations;
- National Quantum Fabless Foundry – which will support microfabrication techniques for quantum devices and enabling technologies;
- National Quantum Security Network – which will conduct nationwide testing of quantum-secure communication technologies aimed at enhancing network security for critical infrastructure.
Singapore has made steady investments in quantum technology research for two decades. Launched in 2018, the QEP is a national program that applies quantum technologies to solve user-defined problems. QEP is supported by the NRF and A * STAR.
NRF CEO Low Teck Seng said, “The launch of the three national platforms signals Singapore’s intention and ambition to build on our past investments in quantum technology, and to take it further through close industrial development with our partner agencies. will leverage the strengths of each participating institution to develop critical capabilities across the pillars of quantum computing, communication and devices, enhancing our vibrant quantum research ecosystem. “
“Quantum technologies are attracting global interest due to their potential impact among industries. The creation of three national quantum platforms in Singapore allows us to act as a major player in the key areas of computing, communication and manufacturing. The Quantum Engineering Program supports these initiatives and other efforts to reap the benefits of Singapore ‘s strong heritage in quantum research, “he said. Dr Alexander Ling, Director of the QEP. He is an Assistant Professor in the NUS Department of Physics and a Principal Investigator at the Center for Quantum Technologies.
The program delivers $ 23.5 million to the three platforms for up to 3.5 years under the Singapore Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 plan (RIE2020). These platforms will receive additional support from across the research landscape.
National Quantum Computer Center (NQCH)
The NQCH will pool expertise and resources from the Center for Quantum Technology (CQT) teams at NUS and NTU Singapore, the A * STAR Institute for High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore in construction of a quantum computing ecosystem. in Singapore.
Quantum computers have the potential to surpass today’s supercomputers in speed and energy efficiency in some kinds of problems.
Researchers at CQT and IHPC will develop quantum computing hardware and hardware. They will also explore applications with industry partners in areas such as finance, supply chain and chemistry. Meanwhile, NSCC will host a quantum computing facility and provide the supercomputing power needed to develop and train the algorithms that could possibly be used on quantum computers.
The hub will also build international partnerships and train new talent to address skills shortages in this emerging industry.
“Quantum computing is coming. The question is not ‘when’, but ‘who’ will be willing to use this technology. The approach taken in Singapore is to combine the expertise of our researchers with the support needed to achieve such a mission. The NQCH- objectives, such as the collective efforts of CQT, IHPC and NSCC, are to provide the infrastructure for a quantum computer production, the means to operate it and the quantum algorithms that solve significant practical tasks.This effort extends to produce quantum talent beyond. reliable information to the community, “he said Professor José Ignacio Latorre, Director, CQT, NUS and Principal Investigator, NQCH.
“Quantum computing is a revolutionary technology that promises a significant shift in how information is processed and analyzed to solve complex problems traditionally limited by classical computers. We are pleased to contribute our expertise in computer science, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and optimization to this ecosystem. “Working together with CQT and NSCC, we strive to enable many different quantum and classical hybrid computing applications in collaboration with industry partners.” said Dr. Su Yi, Executive Director, IHPC, A * STAR, and Chief Researcher, NQCH.
“The potential for quantum computing is enormous and a scientific game changer. Supercomputers will be a key means of accelerating quantum computing research and developing the tools and algorithms needed to support the new technology. The partnership between NSCC, IHPC and CQT reflects a full-fledged commitment covers the entire value chain for the development of the quantum computing ecosystem in Singapore, “said Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive Officer, NSCC, and Fellow. Principal Investigator for NQCH.
National Quantum Fabless Foundry (NQFF)
The National Quantum Fabless Foundry (NQFF), hosted at A * STAR’s Institute for Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), will support micro- and nanofabrication of quantum devices in the three pillars of Quantum computing, communication and QEP sensing. It will also develop enabling devices linked to Singapore’s strategic needs in the quantum technology ecosystem.
“The National Quantum Fabless Foundry is looking forward to supporting the quantum research community by developing enabling quantum devices and a quantum-based economy, and facilitating the development of quantum systems in Singapore,” he said. Dr Manas Mukherjee, Director, National Quantum Fabless Foundry. He is a Senior Scientist at IMRE, A * STAR, and a Principal Investigator at CQT. “We want to act as a bridge between R&D and industry to help shape the future of microelectronics, and forge more partnerships with the best manufacturing facilities in Singapore,” he added.
National Quantum Security Network (NQSN)
The NQSN, which was announced in February 2022, will conduct nationwide testing of quantum-secure communication technologies that promise robust network security for critical infrastructure and companies handling sensitive data. The CQT-led initiative, as well as NUS and NTU, has more than 15 private and government collaborators. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is one of the collaborators.
“IMDA is working closely with our Higher Education Institutes, industry and research partners to collaborate on the operation and implementation of the National Quantum Security Network (NQSN) on Singapore’s fiber network infrastructure. This is to ensure that the communication networks and Singapore’s systems remain future-proof and secure as quantum computing technologies are developed.