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US Intelligence agency has launched a research project to develop a superconducting supercomputer. The contract for building that computer has been awarded to three major technology companies.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (a branch of Director of National Intelligence) is funding the research, which will develop a superconducting supercomputer. The companies which won the contracts for this project are International Business Machines Corp, Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corp. The financial details of the project were not disclosed.

ExtremeTech

The secretive R&D wing of the US government’s intelligence efforts, IARPA, has announced a program to build a superconducting computer. IARPA will be working with IBM, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman to develop this superconducting computer, but the exact financial details of the deal are not available. Ultimately, the purpose of the program is to build an exascale supercomputer — a computer that is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing supercomputers. And yes, in case you were wondering, such a computer would almost certainly be used by agencies like the CIA and NSA for cracking encrypted messages.

As you’ve probably surmised, IARPA — or Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to give its full name — is the intelligence version of the US Department of Defense’s DARPA. A quick look at IARPA’s research programs shows some similarities to DARPA, but with a bias towards social engineering, neuromorphic (brain-like) computing, and parsing big data (to dig some nuggets of intelligence out of the haystack of data). In this case, the superconducting computer is part of the Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) program.

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The US intelligence community has begun work on a project to develop a superconducting supercomputer and has awarded contracts to technology firms including IBM.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is a subsidy of the United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which invests in "high-risk, high-payoff research programmes that have the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over our future adversaries".

Nextgov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding research that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing.

Announced today, IARPA – the intelligence community’s research arm – awarded research contracts in support of its Cryogenic Computer Complexity, or C3, program that IARPA hopes will lead to a new generation of energy-efficient superconducting supercomputers that far exceed the capabilities of current supercomputers.

Reuters

The U.S. intelligence community has launched a multi-year research project to develop a superconducting computer, awarding its first contracts to three major technology companies.

International Business Machines Corp, Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corp won the contracts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said Wednesday, without disclosing financial details.

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), announced today that it has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer. If successful, technology developed under the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program will pave the way to a new generation of superconducting supercomputers that are far more energy efficient.

Defense One

Imagine having access to the all of the world’s recorded conversations, videos that people have posted to YouTube, in addition to chatter collected by random microphones in public places. Then picture the possibility of searching that dataset for clues related to terms that you are interested in the same way you search Google. You could look up, for example, who was having a conversation right now about plastic explosives, about a particular flight departing from Islamabad, about Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in reference to a particular area of Northern Iraq.

On Nov. 17, the U.S. announced a new challenge called Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments, giving it the acronym ASpIRE. The challenge comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, or IARPA. It speaks to a major opportunity for intelligence collection in the years ahead, teaching machines to scan the ever-expanding world of recorded speech. To do that, researchers will need to take a decades’ old technology, computerized speech recognition, and re-invent it from scratch.