IARPA Launches "QEO" Program To Develop Quantum Enhanced Computers

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today that it has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop special-purpose algorithms and hardware that harness quantum effects to surpass conventional computing. Practical applications include more rapid training of machine learning algorithms, circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits than possible today, and faster optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks. If successful, technology developed under the Quantum Enhanced Optimization—“QEO”—program will provide a plausible path to performance beyond what is possible with today’s computers.

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IARPA Launches "QEO" Program To Develop Quantum Enhanced Computers