The consortium is organized around three themes of algorithmic development: for quantum computers, for quantum networks, and for quantum cryptography. A fourth hardware theme, the demonstrator, provides a distributed quantum-computing network linking the three sites of the consortium and The Hague, to test designs arising from the three software themes. World-class hardware for demonstrating quantum algorithms is furthermore available via QuTech, Leiden, and Amsterdam outside this proposal.
The thematic division is based on the type of tasks that one seeks to improve using quantum algorithms, tasks aimed at either computation, communication, or encryption. The implementations differ, but the underlying concepts and techniques from the quantum world are the same, and this brings a great deal of unity and coherence to the consortium.