Empowering Practical Interfacing of Quantum Computing (EPIQC)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Engineering


Quantum computers are superior to conventional computers for their high computing power, and this is true only if they have many qubits e.g., 100s or more. The current leading commercial players in the field have successfully demonstrated processors with more than 50 cryogenic qubits using the classical control interferences which suffer from bulky cables and electronics. Novel solutions are desperately and urgently required for qubit upscaling. Avenues for improvement include dramatically increasing the number, density and modularity of independent control channels, signal bandwidth, the time and amplitude resolution of generated waveforms, and the physical footprint of circuits and interconnects for noisy intermediate-scale quantum computing (NISQC), universal fault-tolerant quantum computing (UFTQC) and efficient multiplexing of single-photon detectors. This project will be a step towards improving the performance of and potentially revolutionising QC control hardware and future integration based on modern information and communication hardware. This will be achieved by synergising QC with ICT's state-of-the-art developments in optical, wireless and cyro-CMOS electronics. The researchers from both QC and ICT sectors will collaboratively identify, explore, develop, and benchmark the technologies at both device and system levels. Through nationwide networking chaired by NQCC with support from the University of Glasgow (UoG), National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), University College London (UCL), University of Strathclyde (UoS), and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and more than 20 industrial and academic partners, we will eventually deliver the ambitious objectives for the next generation of quantum computers with more than 100 qubits.

The first 12 months of EPIQC will be dedicated to co-creation activities aimed at validating and further refining the focus of our work. The NQCC will devote a project manager to coordinate and support the co-creation activities, helping to reach the broader community and ensuring activities are delivered professionally. In the first instance, a series of one-to-one conversations will be held with end-users to validate needs and understand the market pull. This will inform further one-to-one discussions with key industry players and the identification of supply chains and pre-competitive areas of research. This groundwork will be essential to the successful set-up and definition of a series of focus groups on each of the pillars, exploring state-of-the-art, future trends and markets and defining top-level roadmaps for pre-competitive challenges. These challenges will be further explored through sandpits defining the details of research strands under each pillar. In years 2-4 EPIQC focusses on investigations of cross-disciplinary interfacing and integration of alternative control and readout architectures through three complementary pillars, and the verification of ICT-QC hardware for user needs.
Description National Physical Laboratory 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sample and knowledge exchange with the superconducting quantum computing group at NPL
Collaborator Contribution Sample and knowledge exchange with the superconducting quantum computing group at NPL
Impact Joint funding bids (Innovate, EPSRC), joint student supervision
Start Year 2019
Title quantum circuit measurement software on github 
Description Qkit - a quantum measurement suite in python The qkit framework has been tested under windows and with limits under macos x and linux. The gui requires h5py, qt and pyqtgraph, which work fine on these platforms. The core of the framework should run with python 2.7.x/3.4+ https://github.com/QuantumCircuits-Glasgow 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Open source measurement software for superconducting quantum circuits including spectroscopic and time-domain data taking and analysis. 
URL https://github.com/QuantumCircuits-Glasgow
Description Centre for Quantum Technology Winter School on Light-matter Interaction in Quantum Devices from 30th January to 3rd February 2023. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The School is open to PhD students and Postdocs with backgrounds ranging from e.g. electrical engineering, physics, or material science, is free of charge and will include a collaborative 'Synergy pitch', lab tours, and Extended Reality demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2023
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/quantumtechnology/newsandevents/cqtwinterschool/