ERCIM News 110 July 2017 Special theme: Blockchain Engineering Guest editors: Elli Andoulaki (IBM Research – Zurich), Matthias Jarke (RWTH Aachen University & Fraunhofer FIT) and Jean-Jacques Quisquater (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and research affiliate at MIT)
The Ministry for Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands has awarded a Gravitation grant for large-scale research on quantum software in May. The grant of 18.8 million euro unites researchers from QuSoft, CWI, Leiden University, QuTech, TU Delft, UvA and the VU in pursuing state of the art research programmes in this new field. It allows the consortium to pioneer quantum software for, for instance, small quantum computers and a quantum internet. It will develop protocols for quantum communication, and for a new type of quantum-secure cryptography. These methods can be tested on quantum hardware that is developed in parallel in Delft and Leiden, and a quantum network between Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden and The Hague.