Scaling up quantum
This roadmap effort, led by SRI International and its team of industry, national lab and academic partners, will identify pre-competitive development work and supply chain gaps to support scaling up quantum technology and help maintain U.S. dominance in quantum-related fields, rather than focus on scientific discovery or a specific application.
Quantum roadmaps have traditionally been developed to guide different aspects of quantum science and technology. Those initiated by academic research institutions and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have focused on guiding scientific discovery, primarily by setting timelines for technical and scientific breakthroughs. Other roadmaps, such as those developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), have focused on specific applications like space-based quantum communication or the realization of a quantum internet.
Supporting the development of U.S. quantum technology
Quantum information science and technology are rapidly advancing and have potential applications in computing, sensing, communications and security. The development of quantum technology and a U.S.-based quantum industry is a key strategic priority of the U.S. government. To achieve its full potential, novel materials, devices, structures and systems must be developed and manufactured. Though still emerging, the quantum industry is taking shape, products are beginning to emerge and companies are developing internal roadmaps for more complex systems, such as error-corrected quantum computers.
To support the development of technology critical to the quantum industry, SRI and its team of industry, national lab and academic partners propose to develop a technology roadmap focused on supply chain gaps and barriers to advanced manufacturing capability. SRI currently manages the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), an industry-led consortium supported by the U.S. government and 170+ industry, academic and national lab members. The mission of QED-C is to enable and grow the U.S. quantum industry and supply chain. SRI proposes to leverage ties with QED-C members to establish a separate consortium to develop the roadmap that will guide development across the emerging industry and identify the necessary manufacturing technologies and capabilities. This new consortium will include QED-C members and non-QED-C members across the stakeholder spectrum.
The proposed effort is the first of its kind and will culminate in a Quantum Technology Manufacturing Roadmap (QTMR). This work will be in four phases, each with a target deliverable. The first is a report that provides details on the structure of the technology roadmap, the process of gathering information, the role of technical teams, guidelines on content creation and roadmap dissemination.
The next report will identify critical technology gaps facing the quantum industry and enumerate common challenges that would benefit from coordination between industry partners. This will be followed by documentation that identifies gaps between current technology and the quantum sector’s needs. This document will also offer broader context regarding potential developments within the supply chain and identify adjacent markets that might pull suppliers in the direction of the quantum industry.
The final report will be the QTMR. It will offer a detailed analysis of various technology and manufacturing gaps, recommendations for what might be needed to close those gaps and the timeframe for doing so. These could include predicting a market size to induce suppliers into making R&D investments, a dollar amount of investment with some development timeline or a list of research questions to be answered.
The QTMR will offer guidance to the broader community on ways to accelerate progress and growth in the quantum sector. Its recommendations will allow suppliers to identify opportunities for growth and provide information that will motivate industry segment leaders to coordinate development efforts. The roadmap will also share insights that provide outside stakeholders, such as private investors or entrepreneurs, a sense of the value in closing the technology gaps facing the quantum industry.
Given the potential importance of quantum technology to U.S. competitiveness and national security, significant involvement from the federal government is expected. QTMR will take some of the guesswork out of targeting manufacturing investment and provide government stakeholders with the information needed to accelerate the development of quantum technology in the United States. The roadmap will also inform the academic research community of gaps they could address.
QTMR steering committee
CP IBM Quantum
Dr. Jay M. Gambetta is the Vice President in charge of IBM’s overall Quantum initiative. He was named as an IBM Fellow in 2018 for his leadership in advancing superconducting quantum computing and establishing IBM’s quantum strategy.
President & CEO
Tony founded and served as President of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, which became Quantinuum upon merging with Cambridge Quantum. Previously, he was VP, GM for Honeywell Residential Home Comfort Business and was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Pete Shadbolt is a co-founder of PsiQuantum, a Palo Alto-based startup building a general-purpose silicon photonic quantum computer. As Chief Scientific Officer, Pete oversees the application and implementation of technology and scientific related policies and procedures that are vital to the success of PsiQuantum.
President & CEO
Prior to co-founding Qubitekk, he spent eighteen years as an R&D scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he performed work in quantum optics, quantum key distribution, quantum computing, and various other optical research areas.
Dr. Jamil Abo-Shaeer is the CEO of Vector Atomic, which he co-founded in 2018 to commercialize quantum-based clocks and inertial sensors. Prior to Vector Atomic, Dr. Abo-Shaeer held positions within the government and private industry.
Principal Research Scientist
AWS Center for Quantum Networking
Antia leads the recently announced AWS Center for Quantum Networking. She has been working in quantum communications and networking for over 20 years in academia, national labs, and industry.
VP of Product
Dr. Nadia Carlsten is VP of Product at Sandbox AQ, where she is responsible for managing product development across the company’s quantum security, quantum sensing, and simulation & optimization efforts. Nadia has extensive experience turning emerging technologies into products.
Get involved in the QTMR
Thank you for your interest in the Quantum Technology Manufacturing Roadmap, or QTMR, an effort focused on supply chain gaps and barriers to advanced manufacturing capability critical to the quantum industry. We are gathering input for potential contributors to this roadmap effort and appreciate your answers.
The roadmap support team will be in touch to connect with you to the team or teams that can benefit most from your expertise. We will also provide regular updates on overall progress by email.