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Microsoft Collaborates With US National Laboratories &, Universities To Create Commercial Scale Quantum Computer

Mon Aug 31 2020

U.S Department of Energy (The DOE) have announced the creation of several Quantum Information Science Research Centres

Well, Microsoft is certainly going to be busy!

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced they’d be collaborating with several organisations, notably Microsoft and leading universities, to create Quantum Information Science Research Centres around the country in support of the National Quantum Initiative.

 

It’s thought Microsoft will be providing both scientific leadership as well as their expertise in workforce development and technology transfer.

Microsoft will be one of the founding members of one of these centres, the Quantum Science Centre (or QSC) alongside Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Purdue University.

But they’ll also be partnering up to create the Q-NEXT centre with the Argonne National Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre and they’ll be involved in the External Advisory Board of the Quantum Science Accelerator Centre which is to be led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

 

Basically, if you think Quantum Computing you’ll need to think Microsoft!

 

Within these centres Microsoft plans to continue it’s work into quantum chemistry, algorithms, and tools to better leverage earlier innovations that involved NWChem and the QDK

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As has been our impact and experience with other collaborations involving U.S. government entities, universities, the newly-created QIS Research centres will bring together the best of the public and private sector together to solve the scientific problems that lie on the path to a commercial-scale quantum computer.

Microsoft Spokesperson

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Admittedly, Quantum Computing is still in its very earliest stages currently. Eventually however it’s set to revolutionise, well… everything.

Currently it’s a matter of being able to scale these new technologies, and to be able to do that several problems require solutions.

It’s that which Microsoft and the new Quantum centres will be working on. They’ll be doing work towards developing topological qubits, classical information processing devices for quantum control and new quantum algorithms whilst exploring new material combinations in order to realise significant performance improvements in topological qubits.

The US Department of Energy has a lot of experience with the exploration of materials as well as a number of unique tools, such as a spallation neutron source and synchrotrons for probing the properties of these materials in order to screen them for use in quantum devices.

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This announcement connects extensive public-private expertise, resources, and funding to tackle the tough problems ahead and accelerate progress.

Microsoft Spokesperson

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