#CyberFLASH: Toward the quantum internet: Amr Helmy wins funding from Connaught Global Challenge Award

1297516661469_ORIGINALThe Connaught Global Challenge Award — funded by the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund — was established in 2011 to support interdisciplinary approaches to problems of global significance. . As more people and businesses move crucial operations online, digital security has become one of these key challenges.

Moderns encryption ciphers can only be broken with powerful computers, much faster than those commercially available today. Quantum computing and quantum cryptography harness the physical laws of quantum mechanics to provide both speed and security improvements many orders of magnitude better than today’s state-of-the-art.

“A technological platform that provides a significant leap forward is sorely needed,” says Helmy. “My personal vision is for a quantum Internet that can go farther beyond quantum-based security — that can afford distributed quantum information processing, where quantum computers are connected by quantum communications.”

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