February 23, 2024

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Singapore and Finland Partner to Boost Quantum Tech

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The National Quantum Office of Singapore (NQO), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, CSC – IT Centre for Science (Finland) and a leading European quantum hardware company in superconducting circuits have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore and promote research and development collaboration in the areas of quantum technologies.

“The National Quantum Office’s collaboration with the Finnish quantum ecosystem is a tremendous opportunity to develop competitive and world-leading quantum technologies, and nurture quantum talent. We look forward to pushing the frontiers of quantum technologies, and delivering impact for the ecosystem,” says Ling Keok Tong, Executive Director, NQO.

By working together on quantum-accelerated high-performance computing and terrestrial and satellite quantum communications, the parties hope to hasten the development of quantum technology hardware components, algorithms, and applications. Additionally, the MoU will open opportunities for information sharing about national strategic roadmaps for quantum technologies.

Several industries, including medical, machine learning, artificial intelligence, encryption, and finance, stand to be revolutionised by quantum computing. Advancements in quantum computing are essential for any nation’s digital economy. The cooperation agreement, which makes use of each party’s unique strengths and skills in quantum-related technology, offers the foundation for the development of a variety of technologies.

The first quantum computer in Finland, Helmi, is housed at VTT, the technical research centre of Finland Ltd., a state-owned and controlled non-profit limited liability business with 30 years of research expertise in developing and commercializing quantum technology solutions.

Owned by the Finnish state and Finnish higher education institutions, CSC – IT Centre for Science Ltd., commonly known as the Finnish IT Centre for Science, is run on a non-profit basis and is overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture. It specialises in scientific computing solutions built on cutting-edge research ICT infrastructures, and it recently celebrated the launch of the most powerful supercomputer in Europe, the pan-European LUMI.

The NQO is responsible for the creation and implementation of Singapore’s National Quantum Strategy to advance quantum technology, talent, and ecosystem development. The National Quantum Computing Hub, the National Quantum-Safe Network, and the National Quantum Fabless Foundry are three national quantum programmes.

These programmes combine the knowledge and resources of the Centre for Quantum Technologies’ teams at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University Singapore, A*STAR’s Institute of High-Performance Computing, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, and the Singapore National Supercomputing Centre.

It is an honour for VTT to bring together companies from the Finnish quantum ecosystem and Singapore’s cutting-edge expertise in the subject. According to Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, Digital Technologies, VTT, they are also interested in learning more about the potential benefits this collaboration may bring to the company in terms of developing quantum hardware and software. She thinks that Finland and Singapore’s collaboration will ultimately help the entire quantum sector.

Kimmo Koski, Managing Director, CSC stated that high-performance computing with quantum acceleration might open entirely new scientific fields. They must successfully combine quantum computers with supercomputers to accomplish this, a highly challenging undertaking that needs the pooling of worldwide expertise to be completed. Through new agreements, CSC also hopes to incorporate several other quantum resources into LUMI. The Singapore connection is a significant step for them toward both objectives.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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