IARPA in the News

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.

InformationWeek

Technology giant IBM announced two major breakthroughs towards the building of a practical quantum computer, the next evolution in computing that will be required as Moore’s Law runs out of steam....

The IBM project, which was funded in part by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Multi-Qubit Coherent Operations program, opts for a square-shaped design as opposed to a linear array, which IBM said prevents the detection of both kinds of quantum errors simultaneously.

IEEE Spectrum

Quantum computers must overcome the challenge of detecting and correcting quantum errors before they can fulfill their promise of sifting through millions of possible solutions much faster than classical computers.

“With our recent four-qubit network, we built a system that allows us to detect both types of quantum errors,” says Jerry Chow, manager of experimental quantum computing at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Chow, who, along with his IBM colleagues detailed their experiments in the 29 April issue of the journal Nature Communications, says, “This is the first demonstration of a system that has the ability to detect both bit-flip errors and phase errors” that exist in quantum computing systems.

PC World

The race to build a universal quantum computer is gaining steam, with IBM claiming a breakthrough that paves the way to large-scale systems that can operate reliably.

IBM researchers have developed error-correction techniques that could maintain the integrity of computations performed using qubits, or quantum bits -- the basis of quantum computing. As with conventional computing, isolating and resolving data errors is a key step to building a fully functional quantum computer, said Jay Gambetta, a manager of IBM's quantum computing and information group....

A paper on the research will appear in the April 29 issue of Nature Communications. The research was partly funded by the U.S. government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. IARPA also funds research to develop a new superconductor semiconductor, which is an important component for quantum computers.