nodeQ: Providing Expert Software For Quantum Networks

Quantum Internet

Some experts believe that the Quantum Internet — which is the next generation of internet communication — will revolutionize the world of tech. Unhackable, these networks allow information to be sent via quantum bits, more commonly known in the industry parlance as qubits, between quantum processors that are spatially distant.

Whether in the form of quantum key distribution (QKD), Quantum Random Number Generators (QRNGs) or other methods, companies such as Crypta Labs, CryptoNext Security and KETS Quantum Security are at the forefront of quantum communications and network solutions.

Another is nodeQ, founded in 2021 by Stefano Pirandola, a Professor of Quantum Physics at the University of York.


Core to nodeQ’s efforts in the sector is the software it is developing to enable the optimal design of a quantum computing network, based on years of cutting-edge research in quantum communication, security and computing, with the ultimate goal being to build quantum networks for enterprise and industrial use.

The startup’s software can be applied to high-speed quantum-safe communications, quantum-safe sensor networks (quantum IoT) and next-generation distributed quantum computing (fully quantum clouds) while giving customers the ability to design a secure quantum network, minimize its hardware requirements and maximize its speed to exceed the standards.

Not a bad thing, all in all.

Our software provides the optimal design of a quantum computing network: Accounting for its hybrid architecture, minimizing its costs/requirements and maximizing its ultimate performance

— NodeQ

The startup is led by its Founder and CEO, Stefano Pirandola. A Professor of Quantum Information and Computation at the University of York (UK) with more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Pirandola’s particular areas of authority include quantum communication, capacities, security, networking, and quantum internet. In the past, he worked as an International Marie Curie fellow at MIT.

Pirandola has greatly contributed to the development of continuous-variable quantum information, a more advanced setting that enables the creation of quantum protocols with much higher rates. Among other contributions, he discovered the ultimate capacities for quantum communication over quantum channels and quantum networks.

nodeQ’s Founder & CEO, Stefano Pirandola


Pirandola introduced the first end-to-end protocol for quantum key distribution, developed rigorous security proofs for fibre-based, free-space, and satellite quantum communications, pioneered the hybrid model of the quantum internet and contributed to developing more advanced protocols for quantum teleportation and entanglement distribution.

Pirandola obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Camerino, Italy.

By Pirandelo’s side is Quantum Guru Samuel Braunstein, also a professor at the University of York and a member of a research group in non-standard computation, who has a particular interest in quantum information, quantum computation and black hole thermodynamics. Braunstein is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the entire field of quantum information and computation.

Among his many seminal contributions, he contributed to introducing and developing quantum teleportation with continuous variables, designed quantum teleportation networks, pioneered the field of quantum metrology, and introduced the first bosonic model for universal quantum computing.

Braunstein completed his Ph.D. at Caltech, under Carlton M. Caves, with a thesis entitled: Novel Quantum States and Measurements.

With these two experts carrying the load for nodeQ, solutions for the development of high-performance Quantum Networks shouldn’t be too long in the making.

James Dargan

James Dargan

James Dargan is a writer and researcher at The Quantum Insider. His focus is on the QC startup ecosystem and he writes articles on the space that have a tone accessible to the average reader.

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