National Quantum Computing Centre
Artists impression of the NQCC
UK Research and Innovation, through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), is leading a programme to establish the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) as part of phase 2 of the National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). The NQCC represents a £93m investment over 5 years and will establish 4 key technology work streams.
- 100+ qubit NISQ demonstrator hardware platform(s)
- Quantum software, algorithm & applications development
- High performance, scalable qubit technology development
- Roadmap and architecture towards fault-tolerant general purpose quantum computing
The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape by providing a capability to address the challenge of scaling quantum computing. It will convene all necessary stakeholders across academia, business and government to achieve this.
The NQCC's initial five years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology, give assured and direct access to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain, whilst driving efforts towards a fully scalable, fault tolerant, general purpose quantum computer over the longer term, enabling the creation of increasingly powerful quantum computers.
The NQCC will build on the strength in quantum computing that the UK has established through the first phase of its National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP) and will be a key part of the wider UK quantum computing landscape, including the Quantum Technologies Research Hubs; quantum challenges and programmes within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund; doctoral training; and the activities of industry in this area.
- To establish a UK trusted authority on quantum computing
- To create sovereign capability in quantum computing for the UK
- To promote and drive quantum computing within the UK economy
- To catalyse UK supply chain delivery into the emerging quantum computing sector
- To establish a focus for the rapid development of quantum computing in the UK
- To create a facility on the Harwell campus
The physical investment and development of the site within the Harwell Campus provides an opportunity to yield significant benefits that will distinguish the NQCC as a world-leading research Centre. The facility design centers on flexible high specification QPods in which development and production laboratories will be established. Other aspects of the facility design are to incorporate exemplar physical and virtual collaboration space as well as a flexible activity based work environment. The facility is due for completion in early 2023.
The strategic intent document (PDF, 3.2MB) provides information on where the NQCC sits in the quantum landscape, and how it intends to build quantum readiness in the UK.
The overall aim of the programme is to place the UK at the forefront of quantum computing and secure this strategically important technology for the UK. There are a number of strategic objectives involved in achieving this aim.
- By 2025, a strategy for partnership and engagement with academia, industry, government and users, will have been established and delivered, which leverages the strengths developed during the first phase of the National Quantum Technologies Programme; and a UK-based supplier and user community will have been fostered, so that developments of this technology are shaped by users’ needs and can be exploited to the benefit of the UK
- By 2025, solve key challenges in scaling Quantum Computing systems, through developing demonstrators and prototypes at scale; demonstrated by the production of a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine that for a range of tasks outperforms state of the art conventional computing. Moving forward through 2025, the NQCC will enable diverse users to benefit from quantum advantage, while driving the transition toward fault tolerant, freely scalable systems.
- Develop software and algorithms for real QC systems that will exploit the potential of this technology for academic, industrial and entrepreneurial users. A portfolio of credible software and algorithms is produced and applied to real world challenges (e.g. logistics, drug discovery) with first demonstration in 2022 and further solutions built in 2023/24/25.
- Identify the best options to pursue beyond 2025 that takes quantum computing technology past the NISQ computing system towards the realization of both intermediate and fully scalable general-purpose quantum computers, such that by 2025 a credible roadmap towards the latter has been developed.
Interim Leadership Team
The leadership team will be responsible for the design of the Centre, including its operating model and community engagement, development of the process to determine technology platform priorities and the design of the building.
As part of their work, they will engage broadly with key stakeholders in government, academia and industry to establish a user community, create a roadmap for the development programme and establish a Centre at the heart of the UK’s quantum computing community. The team brings together expertise and experience from across the UK’s quantum technology sector.
- Dr. Michael Cuthbert – Director for NQCC
- Prof. Simon Benjamin – Deputy Director for Research
- Dr. Simon Plant – Deputy Director for Innovation
- Ash Vadgama – Deputy Director for Operations
To support the governance and delivery of the NQCC the Leadership Team are supported by a UKRI Programme Delivery Team and an external Programme Advisory Committee.
Programme Advisory Committee membership
- Professor Sheila Rowan (Chair), Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
- Professor Sir Peter Knight, Chair of the NQTP Phase 2 Strategic Advisory Board
- Professor Tom Rodden, Chief Scientific Adviser for the department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
- Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director for Quantum Technologies (ISCF), UK Research and Innovation
- Michael Groves, Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
NQCC Programme Team
A team has been assembled from across UKRI to deliver the programme to establish the NQCC. The members of this team along with their roles and responsibilities within the programme are listed below.
- Liam Blackwell, Deputy Director, EPSRC-UKRI (Programme Senior Responsible Officer)
- Jason Green, Deputy Director, STFC-UKRI (Lead for NQCC accommodation, Programme Executive)
- Anke Davis, Head of Quantum Technologies, EPSRC-UKRI (NQCC Budget Holder and lead for NQCC operational design, Programme Executive)
- Kevin Jones, Programme Manager, UKRI (NQCC Programme Manager)
- Katherine Keenan Programme Coordinator, UKRI (NQCC Programme Coordinator)
- Amanda Howes, Portfolio Manager, EPSRC-UKRI (NQCC Operational Design)
- Stephen Loader, Programme Manager, STFC-UKRI (NQCC Accommodation)
- Tahmina Aziz, Programme Manager, STFC-UKRI (NQCC Accommodation)
- Moez Qayyum, Project Manager, Operational design
- Roz Hayward, Project Manager, Communications and digital presence
Contacting the NQCC
Please email to make contact with the NQCC Leadership team.