IARPA in the News


A program partially funded by IARPA has uncovered a way for scientists to detect quantum errors, clearing the way for more practical uses of quantum computing....

The discovery — partially funded through an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, program — could have "enormous potential" for a myriad of applications.

"Quantum computing could be potentially transformative, enabling us to solve problems that are impossible or impractical to solve today," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president and director of IBM Research, in a press release. "While quantum computers have traditionally been explored for cryptography, one area we find very compelling is the potential for practical quantum systems to solve problems in physics and quantum chemistry that are unsolvable today."

Washington Post

Imagine a computer that could sift through millions of financial transactions in real time to detect fraud or look for signs of insider trading, and do it exponentially faster than the most powerful computers in the world today....

Last week, IBM published a research paper describing two developments that could have significant implications for the future design of such computers. IBM’s research was funded in part by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, which has sponsored several such efforts in the past.

The team demonstrated a way to identify and detect arbitrary errors in a quantum computer simultaneously; until now, only one type of error could be detected at a time. They also showed that it was possible to detect errors on a design that could potentially be scaled up to create larger, more powerful quantum computers.


Quantum computers could offer a massive performance boost over conventional types, but progress toward commercially useful machines has been slow.

Now, scientists from IBM's Watson Research Center have successfully demonstrated a new method for correcting errors on a quantum circuit.


IBM has reported two new developments in its ongoing work to build what the company calls a “practical” quantum computer as part of efforts to advance quantum computing to solve scientific problems in the fields of physics and chemistry....

The quantum computing project, which is partly funded under the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity‘s multi-qubit-coherent-operations program, reported the new findings in the Nature Communications journal’s April 29 issue.


...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.


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?"