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White House Issues Quantum Computing Strategy and Hosts Public-Private Summit

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A session during the White House summit on quantum information science.

Federal officials and industry leaders met Monday at a White House summit to spark new initiatives in quantum information science.

Credit: White House/Office of Science and Technology Policy

Federal officials and industry leaders on Monday convened at a White House summit to brainstorm new quantum information science projects.

Recommendations included establishing a U.S. Quantum Consortium, as well as a series of Grand Challenges.

According to a federal subcommittee, "The need to protect sensitive data and provide a reliable infrastructure over the long term requires moving to 'post-quantum' or 'quantum-resistant' forms of cryptography."

A strategy paper from the subcommittee urged agencies to formulate their own "science-first" strategies for advancing quantum information research over a decade by the first quarter of next year, concentrating on challenges that could include new types of quantum processors, sensors, navigation tools, and security systems.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) said it would provide $31 million in awards for basic quantum research; NSF's France Cordova said that research would help "position the U.S. to be a global leader in quantum research and development and help train the next generation of quantum researchers."

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