On May 18, the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced the creation of the Washington Metropolitan Quantum Network Research Consortium (DC-QNet), designed to “advance quantum network capabilities and leadership” and “to build, demonstrate, and operate a quantum network as a regional testbed “.
The NRL will work with the following five government agencies to “defend” DC-QNet:
There are also two organizations outside the DC area affiliated with DC-QNet):
DC-QNet is launched in the shadow of the March announcement that NATO’s cybersecurity center has completed testing of a quantum-proof network and in response to the White House in May National Security Memorandum on Promoting U.S. Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risk to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems and, specifically (as reported by Next.gov), recommendations from the “President’s Advisory Board on Science and Technology, or PCAST (reconstituted by decree in October) …and the Subcommittee on American Action Plan for Global Leadership in Industries of the Future” which presented its first report in February:
“…according to subcommittee chair Dario Gil, director of IBM Research…the subcommittee proposed a set of recommendations to the federal government…” For example, the creation of a national network of quantum computing user facilities. This would relaunch the development of quantum algorithms and applications and quantum computing; make a critical science and computing resource available to scientists at US national laboratories and universities, and serve as a market-building catalyst for accelerated growth of US industry producing quantum hardware and software.
The framework for these facilities would be based on the High Performance Computing, or HPC, User Facilities established at national laboratories, which provide researchers with access to supercomputers.
“These sustained missions are critical to our national security, advanced science and industry using new computer modeling and simulation approaches,” Gil said. “The benefits have been deep and wide-ranging.”
Along the same lines, the subcommittee suggested that the government invest in a secure quantum network – a quantum internet – through which this research could thrive.
“Similar to the creation of ARPAnet over the past decades – which ultimately led to the Internet we have today – we should accelerate efforts to advance the science and infrastructure needed to create a national network of quantum communications, the basis of a future quantum internet,” Gil said. .
This network would provide a common infrastructure for researchers across the country to collaborate. (1)
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