Quantum Research

Cork goes Quantum. Ireland’s Minister Simon Harris launches the first national Quantum Computing Centre at Tyndall Institute

May 18, 2021

The multi-million investment will include 900 square meters of research facilities, dedicated to the development of quantum technologies at Tyndall’s freshly opened facility on Cork’s North Mall. This facility is planned to play a key role of Tyndall’s institute to double in size by the middle of this decade. Tyndall institute will also recruit five new senior engineers that will lead the research of Quantum technologies and will accelerate the growth of the centre. This investment is going to result in 45 new jobs in the field of quantum engineering and will be a big boost to Ireland’s Tyndall Institute.

Tyndall National Institute has made a recent announcement for the official launch of its new Quantum computing center on the 13th of May. This center will take the main role in the new Quantum revolution and will play a big role in Ireland’s plans to be at the forefront when it comes to quantum computing.

“The next great leap in technology is Quantum Computing. We are not on the cusp, but already in the process of the Quantum Revolution.”

William Scanlon, CEO Tyndall National Institute

Ireland’s Minister who had the honor to open this new center had a lot of good words about the impact this technology will have on our lives and also the impact on Ireland’s ICT sector with the creation of high-quality sustainable ICT jobs.

Tyndall is one of Europe’s leading institutes in ‘deep-tech’, and we have seen how the application of advanced technology has had a profound effect on the lives of citizens, as well as industry, through smart medical devices, high-speed telecommunications, robotics and automation, and the microelectronic chips that enable all of ICT. Tyndall is also a leader in industry-academia collaboration. I am therefore delighted to announce that they have established Ireland’s first dedicated Quantum Computer Engineering Centre (QCEC), which will ultimately lead to the creation and retention of high-quality sustainable ICT jobs. Tyndall QCEC will not only focus on the realisation of quantum technology in Ireland, but it will also upskill Irish researchers in the area of Quantum and will support open innovation and collaboration between academia and industry. This will transform our high-tech economy and secure Ireland’s future as a worldwide technology leader, whilst supporting key Irish technology companies and SMEs.”

Simon Harris, Minister of For Further And Higher Education, Research, Innovation And Science
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In the last 10 years Tyndall’s Institute has been the top institute in Ireland when it comes to quantum technology research, and now is pioneering its next efforts of engineering the next generation of quantum technology by using nanoelectronics and deep tech photonics. The institute is working on various ambitious projects with its industry partners and the institute is a partner in a couple of European projects in this field of quantum engineering. These projects include developing some technologies like the development of cryogenic electronics for scalable quantum computing technologies, the realization of single-photon sources at telecommunication wavelengths, and is offering its research infrastructure for research on materials and nanostructures for sensing and quantum computing.

“Today we are developing the theories and computational models of tomorrow, producing the materials, engineering the devices, and building applications to enable our quantum future”

William Scanlon, CEO Tyndall National Institute

Quantum computing requires a completely new approach and different logic than conventional computers, making use of Boolean algebra and requires new types of hardware and software. Tyndall’s Institute up till now main research has been in Quantum Cryptography, this modern way of cryptography adds more security in the communication and sources of quantum light for quantum information.

This new program was also highly regarded by the Head of EU programmes at Tyndall and the interim head of Tyndall QCEC who was present at the event.

With Brexit, Ireland has an even greater opportunity to become a leading open innovation hub for Quantum research. Ireland can build on existing successes in information and communication technologies to lead in the realisation and exploitation of quantum technologies. We can ensure that Ireland is quantum technology ready by facilitating the current and future workforce to develop the skills to deliver innovations in Quantum Technologies and exploit the new opportunities arising from the disruptive transformation enabled by quantum computing.This allows Ireland to develop a competitive edge in the global quantum market, which could attract other technology companies to partner with us and/or locate in Ireland, which will deliver huge societal and economic benefits”.

Giorgos Fagas, Head of EU Programmes at Tyndall and interim head of Tyndall QCEC

At the event, there were also other important figures namely professor Dominic O’Brien who is the director of the UK’s Quantum Computing & Simulation Hub, who regarded the formation of this center as critical in Ireland’s participation in the quantum revolution. In the meantime, there were also many industry leaders in the likes of Dr. James Clarke, who is the Director of Quantum Hardware at Intel Corporation, and Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, the Head of IBM research in Ireland, they spoke about the big opportunity Ireland and Ireland’s companies will have in the Quantum ambitions, and they urged the creation of national ecosystem and program in the field of Quantum Engineering in Ireland.

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Other attendees included many important figures like professor Tommasso Calarco from the European Quantum Community Network who spoke on the importance of Quantum technology for Europe and how these technologies can be implemented in practice and professor J.C Seamus Davis from the University College Cork and Oxford University, he leads the pioneering UK – Irish Quantum Research program.

There were also other contributors like MIDAS which is the Industry Association for Microelectronics and Electronic Systems Design in Ireland, Ida, SFI, mBryonics, and many more.

This was a great day for Ireland and its hopes to advance in the field of Quantum computing, with the creation of institutes like this, where knowledge is the number one priority, we can be sure that our future will be promising.