SBU to Build a New Quantum Internet Test Bed
Courtesy of Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University has been awarded a $6.5 million grant from the Long Island Investment Fund to construct a new Quantum Internet Test Bed.
The $350 million Long Island Investment Fund, included as part of Governor Hochul’s FY 2023 Enacted Budget, focuses on projects that will support and grow the regional economy, enhance communities and have lasting economic impacts across Long Island. “Through the Long Island Investment Fund, my administration is committed to making Long Island our nation’s premier corridor for life sciences and research innovation,” Governor Hochul said.
Stony Brook University, in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), will construct a new $13 million Quantum Internet Test Bed. The Long Island Quantum Internet Test Bed will be a network of five nodes that are physically connected using commercially available optical fiber. It will be overseen by the Long Island Quantum Internet Center, located at Stony Brook and in partnership with BNL.
The center will catalyze new technologies to accelerate today’s internet functionality, to improve the security of our communications, and to enable dramatic advances in computing. It will grow to include other New York State universities, laboratories and industry partners with research teams dedicated to investigating and implementing the new applications of quantum technology in the context of telecommunications and the internet. The project will establish Long Island as a global hub of quantum internet technology development and bring together researchers, educators, and investors in a collaborative effort to accelerate the commercialization of quantum internet technologies.
“As a flagship institution, we recognize building the Quantum Internet is among the most critical technological frontiers of our time,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are internationally recognized leaders in this field, with the vision and scientific expertise to ensure that New York State is at the forefront of this work. We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the State of New York for this transformative investment that will enable Long Island to be the future epicenter of quantum networking, ultimately stimulating the economy and creating jobs.”
“Building a comprehensive quantum-based global communication network — a Quantum Internet — has the potential to be among the most important and transformative technological advances of the 21st century,” said Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs. “This funding award from New York State’s Long Island Investment Fund will help Brookhaven Lab and Stony Brook University provide the tools and capabilities researchers need to make large-scale quantum entanglement distribution networks a reality.”
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