We are seeking pre-commercial innovative prototypes that can be tested in real life settings and address a variety of priorities within the Government of Canada.
Quantum technologies are at the cutting edge of science and innovation, both in Canada and worldwide. As an enabling platform, quantum is leading to a new suite of technologies in computing, sensors, secure communications and advanced materials. These technologies will support the growth of key sectors such as computing, communications, health care, transportation logistics, navigation and cybersecurity.
While Quantum computing is still in its infancy as a field and awaiting readiness for practical applications, Quantum hardware companies are currently trying to scale up their quantum computers and include enough qubits to reach quantum advantage. The Government of Canada (GoC) faces a challenge in being “quantum ready” to leverage technologies as they are developed to commercial readiness. ISC is soliciting proposals calling for a variety of quantum computing hardware and software solutions that can help improve departments’ existing quantum computing stack and better prepare the GoC for the eventual integration of quantum computing solutions into its operations.
Quantum computing stack: The quantum computing stack is everything that lies between a user and the physical qubits. The stack needs to perform essential functions; for instance, it must facilitate user interaction, turn inputs into hardware manipulation, and correct for numerous error sources.
Quantum Computer: A quantum computer is any device for computation that makes direct use of distinctively quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. A functional quantum computer requires the holding of an object in a superposition state long enough to carry out various processes on it.
Quantum Software: Any programs or applications capable of running on a quantum computer.
Innovations must meet at least ONE outcome to qualify under SC4 and up to FOUR to score full points under PR7
- Quantum Technologies or components with the potential for eventual application in any one or all of the following fields: defence, energy, pharmaceutical, chemical, advanced industries (automotive, aerospace, electronics, superconductors), finance, or transport and logistics.
- Quantum computing hardware, software, or supporting equipment that is in the prototype stage and ready for operational testing using commercially available infrastructure.
- Hardware solutions including but not limited to Qubit hardware and gating technology; Quantum firmware;
- Hardware-aware quantum compilers / transpilers; Multi-quantum computing hardware platforms; and
- Logical-level compilation and circuit optimization technologies.
- Software solutions including but not limited to Quantum algorithms and quantum error correction applications; User interface solutions; QAAS; and operating systems.
- Quantum Resource Estimation (QRE) solutions to assess the size and type of a quantum computer that would be needed with specified performance criteria (run-time). QRE solutions must be configurable to accommodate a range of quantum computing architectures and other assumptions to optimize quantum stacks.
- Solutions that account for part or all of the quantum computing stack.
- Quantum enabling technologies such as quantum random number generators and components to support in the deployment of quantum technologies.
ISC will NOT accept (out of scope):
Post Quantum Cryptography solutions;
QKD solutions; and
Solutions that do not advance the state-of-the-art or prospects for scalable, commercial applications of Quantum computing, OR allow GoC readiness to solve problems using Quantum computing.
July 6, 2022
June 15, 2022 - July 6, 2022