PsiQuantum, a California-based silicon photonics and fault-tolerant quantum software company, has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to work on the Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing (US2QC) program. This program supports the U.S. government’s commitment to finding businesses with solid plans to develop a practical quantum computer soon.
The collaboration, which comes after the recently revealed partnership between PsiQuantum and the Air Force Research Lab, is the outcome of a competitive application process in which DARPA evaluated potential quantum computing companies for their ability to attain the scaling considered necessary for error-corrected quantum computing.
The PsiQuantum team, roadmap, and significant technical achievements accomplished to date were thoroughly examined by DARPA and other quantum experts throughout the US government before the company was chosen to collaborate with DARPA for the US2QC initiative.
Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing (US2QC) program
Primarily, the goal of US2QC is to see if a new method of quantum computing is capable of achieving utility-scale operation – meaning that its computational value surpasses its cost – significantly faster than traditional expectations. US2QC will accomplish this goal by conducting thorough, collaborative, and flexible verification and validation with ongoing research and development efforts.
One of PsiQuantum’s goals for this program is to build stronger cooperation with the US government, allowing the company to benefit from DARPA’s outstanding expertise in the practical realization of sophisticated technologies. This collaboration will investigate the hurdles of developing fault-tolerant quantum computers that are far more extensive and capable than present, small-scale “NISQ‘” systems, as well as the prospects for building such systems in a faster period than competing techniques have anticipated.
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