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  • Using the National Quantum Technology Programme to drive development in quantum imaging, sensing, communications and computing into industrial and commercial success
  • Turning quantum technologies into an established and pervasive technology that benefits the UK
  • Growing our leadership position in this transformational domain
  • Preparing for the impact quantum technologies will have in the nearer and longer term

  • An overview of quantum computing as seen by a “classical” computer architect
  • The architecture and technology of Google’s quantum processors
  • Google’s quantum computing software framework (Cirq)

  • £20m investment from Innovate UK to develop prototype devices and systems that use quantum technology
  • Innovate UK Quantum Competition, that calls for proposals that address four distinct issues:
    • Secure transfers of peer-to-peer data.
    • Increasing productivity in the deployment, improvement or maintenance of buildings and national infrastructure.
    • Improving situational awareness, including ensuring safe transport in hazardous conditions.
    • Improving identification and understanding of states and features that are impossible to see by conventional means, particularly in medical, environmental and security applications.

  • Launching the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics in October, to explore the realm of ‘big data’ and HPC in the UK to help both the private and public sectors
  • Highlighting the importance of ‘big data’, with it set to contribute £20 billion of benefit for central government over five years
  • Breaking down Government departmental silos and improving the quality of data used by the Government
  • Tapping into the expected 157,000 additional jobs and £241 billion gain to UK economy from big data by 202

  • Ending investigation of the verification and validation of quantum technologies
  • Looking at full scale quantum computers and simulators to communication networks with devices of varying size and complexity down to realistic “quantum gadgets”.
  • This goal represents a key challenge in the transition from theory to practice for quantum computing technologies.

  • Making best use of Big Data analytics, data science and machine learning to extract insights and drive service transformation
  • Enhancing levels of computer sophistication to run algorithms that can help enhance the veracity of information
  • Sifting through the noise created by Big Data’s massive volume, variety, and velocity and unravelling opportunities for economic growth

  • A reduction in energy taxation by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland encouraging growth
  • Availability of hydro-electric and wind energy with up to 15-year competitive fixed price contracts being offered.
  • The Nordic region and China’s One Belt One Road initiative. As China’s giant players begin to expand internationally along these routes, the Nordics can potentially harness new infrastructure investments.
  • Connectivity improvements
  • Fintech driving new investment and enquiry, particularly in Sweden
  • Ease of doing business is an increasingly important factor and most countries in the region have developed sophisticated channels and structures to make the decision for overseas investors as smooth and rapid as possible

  • Exploring the raw processing power promised by quantum computing
  • Maximising that promise and turning it into practical uses
  • How theoretical thinking can exploit the best application of quantum technologies

  • GPU servers as a very efficient tool for numerical computations aiming at studying realistic quantum systems accessible by experiments

  • Quantum phenomena are set to change the world around us
  • A look at how the QMI at NPL will be a leading centre for quantum metrology in Europe, collaborating with academic partners, government and industry to advance scientific discovery in quantum physics and materials
  • How they plan to offer world-class research based on quantum phenomena for future generation SI standards and enable the translation of quantum technologies and materials into practical applications, accelerating the commercialisation of new products based on quantum systems.

  • HPC is providing neuroscientists with new computational models and tools to map, analyse and understand the human brain
  • Managing the Human Brain Project, an EU-funded FET Flagship initiative
  • Envisioning how HPC and supercomputing can drive advancements in personalised health and medicine