Ireland’s First Quantum Computer Engineering Centre Launched at Tyndall National Institute

Irelands First Quantum Computer Engineering Centre Launched at Tyndall National
May 17, 2021 — A multi-million-euro investment will see 900 sq meters of research space dedicated to quantum technology at Tyndall National Institute’s new facility on Cork’s North Mall and will be a key part of the Institute’s plans to double in size and impact by 2025. Tyndall is also recruiting 5 new senior research leaders, including a Head of Quantum Research to lead the overall Centre and who will build new quantum research teams to accelerate the growth of the centre. Overall, this new investment will result in an additional 45 quantum research jobs giving a further boost to Tyndall’s quantum ecosystem that already counts the highest concentration of researchers in Ireland. The announcement was made at an official launch event on 13 May, which saw world leading experts speak to Irish researchers, policy makers and industry leaders...

Amazon’s Bid to Recover JEDI Cloud Computing Contract Stays Alive

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WASHINGTON— Amazon. com Inc.’s bid to win back the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing contract stayed alive Wednesday as a federal judge rejected motions by the Defense Department and Microsoft Corp. to dismiss much of Amazon’s challenge of the contract award. Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims rejected the motions, according to a court docket entry. Her opinion and order in the case weren’t made public immediately, making the extent of the government’s legal defeat unclear. The move is significant nonetheless because it opens the door to continued protracted court battles over the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract. ...

Congress Should Fund $500M in Near-Term Quantum Computing Applications, Establish a National Quantum Research Cloud, New Report Argues

Congress Should Fund 500M in Near Term Quantum Computing Applications Establish
WASHINGTON, April 27,2021 — Quantum computing technologies are still in the early phases of development, but organizations are already using them in real-world applications from designing drugs to optimizing inventory systems to reducing carbon emissions. As other nations rapidly scale up their investments to develop and use quantum computing, a new report released today by the Center for Data Innovation urges U.S. policymakers to ensure the United States remains a leader in the field by investing in these near-term applications. Doing so would bolster the development of longer-term use cases, according to the Center, which would help cement U.S. economic competitiveness and protect national security. “The current enthusiasm for quantum computing could lead to a virtuous cycle of progress, as the semiconductor industry has seen, but only if...