The international footprint of Quantum Computing (QC) is rapidly growing in education, research and industry, and the technology is becoming increasingly accessible through new and planned infrastructures. QC holds an enormous potential for accelerating important parts of computationally demanding workflows, and is thus a possible game changer in the digital society. At the same time, this enormous computational power brings with it tough challenges with respect to security and privacy, exemplified with the need for developing post-quantum cryptography. Currently, the big question is to how large extent QC can be made conveniently available to society through stable and practical infrastructures, equipped with software stacks that interface well with software developers and users alike.
Despite this game-changing potential, the maturity of national strategies and policies addressing QC varies substantially from one country to another. In order to address the need for a Norwegian QC strategy, an open, national workshop on QC Strategies will take place in Oslo, Norway on November 7-8.
The program will contain selected contributions from international institutions that are front runners in shaping organizational and national QC strategies, technology leaders, and Norwegian stakeholders. Through a combination of presentations and discussions, the aim of the workshop is to provide the foundation of a whitepaper that can serve as inspiration for, and possibly the basis of, Norway’s national QC strategy.
The organization of the workshop is a joint effort between Oslo Metropolitan University’s Quantum Hub, Sigma2, Simula Research Laboratory, and SINTEF as the host of the Gemini Center on Quantum Computing. The event will be held at Simula’s headquarters in downtown Oslo.