Imagine a completely secure network, one that cannot be cracked no matter how sophisticated the cyber assailant or how determined the hack. Further, imagine that the network connects computers that can solve challenges of incredible complexity – problems that are literally beyond the reach of today’s fastest systems– and joins together devices in a quantum internet-of-things, opening up whole new areas of scientific research.

Such a network would open worlds of possibility to consumers and clinicians, defense practitioners and financial institutions, scientists and innovators — just to name a few.

That’s the potential of tomorrow’s quantum information systems.

The quantum internet will be built on regional nodes already being established by DOE’s labs. That includes the Chicago Quantum Exchange, which is led by the University of Chicago, and whose partners include DOE’s Argonne and Fermi Labs in addition to several leading universities. The Exchange recently launched a 52-mile testbed for quantum communications experiments, which will allow scientists and engineers to address the challenges of operating a quantum network under real-world conditions.

Read more at The Hill.

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