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image: Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between NUS, represented by Alexander Ling, Associate Professor at NUS and Director of Singapore’s Quantum Engineering Program, and Horizon Quantum Computing, represented by its CEO, Joe Fitzsimons
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The first start-up to host a node on this secure quantum network, Horizon Quantum Computing has deep expertise in quantum internet applications. Its CEO, Dr. Joe Fitzsimons, invented the first universal protocol for blind quantum computing with Dr. Anne Broadbent and Dr. Elham Kashefi, in 2008, enabling secure delegation of quantum computing in a cloud. The protocol has since emerged as an important use case of a future quantum internet, as the first applications of quantum computing for enterprises will likely rely on remote hardware hosted by the manufacturer. Fitzsimons’ work on blind quantum computing is cited in quantum internet proposals around the world, including The American plan for quantum the Internet.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NUS and Horizon Quantum Computing will contribute to close collaboration between universities and industry for the quantum communication network. The new Quantum-Safe National Network will deploy commercial quantum security technologies for trials with government agencies and private companies, perform an in-depth assessment of security systems, and develop guidelines to help companies adopt these technologies. Initial deployment plans call for the installation of 10 network nodes across Singapore. The nodes will be connected to provide a public network that can act as a living laboratory for organizations wishing to experiment with quantum-safe communication technologies, and separable government and private networks testing user-dedicated applications.

Horizon Quantum Computing will support proof-of-concept and testbed activities for this network’s development, exploration, and translation efforts. Additionally, the collaboration extends beyond secure quantum communication and encompasses opportunities for research collaboration in more general quantum communications and quantum internet applications.

As a company focused on enabling users to build and deploy quantum applications, ensuring that this can be done without compromising the privacy or integrity of those applications is a top concern for Horizon,” says Joe. Fitzsimons. “Data that needs to cross international borders or be stored and processed on offsite equipment in unencrypted form can limit commercial use cases for quantum computing. We see our collaboration with NUS and our participation in quantum communication experiments in Singapore as an important step towards developing the secure computing capabilities that will ultimately be needed to fully unlock the potential of cloud-based quantum computing. »

“Startups are a powerful force for bringing innovation to the world. We are pleased to count Horizon Quantum Computing among our collaborators within the National Quantum-Safe Network, working to provide advanced cybersecurity for infrastructure. critics and companies handling sensitive data,” said Alexander Ling, associate professor at NUS and director of Singapore’s quantum engineering program, whose network initiative will receive $8.5 million over three years.

About Horizon Quantum Computing

Horizon Quantum Computing develops a new generation of programming tools to simplify and accelerate the software development process for quantum computers. By removing the need for prior quantum computing experience, Horizon’s tools will democratize the development of quantum-enhanced applications, making the power of quantum computing accessible to all software developers.

The company was founded in 2018 by Dr. Joe Fitzsimons, an expert in the field of quantum computing applications. Dr Fitzsimons has over 16 years of experience in quantum computing and computational complexity theory and holds a PhD from Oxford University in quantum computing architectures. The management team also includes Dr. Si-Hui Tan, Scientific Director, who holds a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT and has been actively involved in quantum research for 16 years.

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