IARPA in the News 2015

FCW

...Quantum computers use quantum mechanics to process huge amounts of data, which would provide a substantial leap ahead in processing capabilities compared to current digital-based computers.

That's why the intelligence community, faced with exploding data processing needs, is set to look into the technology in May.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) announced earlier in April that it would host a Proposers' Day on May 19 to provide information to potential vendors on the objectives of an anticipated broad agency announcement for its Logical Qubits (LogiQ) program.

IBM plans to attend the event, the company said in an April 30 statement to FCW.

The LogiQ project, in IARPA’s Safe and Secure Operations Office, is looking for creative technical solutions to encoding imperfect physical qubits into a logical qubit that protects against system deterioration, errors and harmful outside environmental influences.

EE Times

Quantum computers are being pursued by all the major research labs worldwide, including even new-comers like Google. However, IBM claims its 30 years of experience in quantum computing research shows Google is all wrong in its "linear" design, because IBM's "square tiled" design can solve both of the most important problems in quantum computing plus can scale to any size needed in the future....

"Quantum computers will spawn a new era of innovation across all industries," Chow concluded.

IBM's work was partially funded the U.S. IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) multi-qubit-coherent-operations program.

CIO

IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group's development has enormous potential for overcoming big data simulation and optimization challenges....

"Just a few weeks ago was the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law," says Jerry M. Chow, manager of the Experimental Quantum Computing group at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center and the primary investigator on the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) sponsored Multi-Qubit Coherent Operations project. "The whole world knows that Moore's Law is coming to an end."

Chow adds, "What's the next paradigm for computing? What's beyond Moore's Law?"

Market Business News

IBM is a step closer towards creating a practical quantum computer, company scientists announced on Wednesday. A quantum computer computes using superpositions of quantum states – it can solve problems much faster than any conventional computer....

The research at IBM was partly funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a US research agency under the Director of National Intelligence’s responsibility.

Tech Times

IBM researchers unveiled Wednesday two critical advances in quantum computing, allowing for the first time the detection and measurement of quantum errors simultaneously and demonstrating a new circuit design that can be successfully scaled to bigger dimensions.

Quantum computing is poised to usher in the beginning of a new era in innovation across various industries, as Moore's Law takes a backseat, opening up new opportunities in simulation and optimization not yet tapped into, no thanks to current computing capabilities. If it were possible to build a quantum computer with just 50 quantum bits, even combining TOP500 supercomputers would not be enough to outperform it....

The results of IBM's research was published in the journal Nature Communications. The study received funding support from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's multi-qubit-coherent-operations program. This work represents IBM's commitment toward processing quantum information, an effort that began in 1981.