Zapata Computing Delivers 30 Quantum Challenge Scenarios to DARPA for Defense and Industry Applications

Zapata Computing Delivers 30 Quantum Challenge Scenarios To Darpa For Defense And Industry Applications

Zapata Computing has delivered 30 quantum computing challenge scenarios to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in collaboration with L3Harris and other industry leaders. The scenarios aim to determine potential quantum computing benefits in defense, chemistry, finance, and machine learning. As part of a $7.3 million contract with DARPA, Zapata and L3Harris are developing benchmarks to guide the practical application of quantum computing in various industries. The project is supported by BBVA Corporation, BP, Copernic Catalysts, Mitsubishi Chemical, and the University of Toronto.

Zapata Computing Delivers 30 Quantum Computing Challenge Scenarios to DARPA

Zapata Computing, a software company focused on solving complex computational problems, has delivered 30 quantum computing challenge scenarios to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in collaboration with L3Harris and other industry leaders. These scenarios will help determine the potential benefits of quantum computing across various sectors, including defense, chemistry, finance, and machine learning.

As part of a $7.3 million contract with DARPA, Zapata and L3Harris are developing benchmarks to guide the practical application of quantum computing and its support for broader industry applications. The program aims to measure progress toward specific quantum computing challenges, such as creating new materials, simulating fluid dynamics, real-time machine learning, and engineering design optimization.

Real-World Computational Challenges as Benchmarks

The project creates benchmarks from real-world computational challenges, establishing standards against which quantum hardware can be compared to achieve the specific performance levels needed to solve complex, next-generation problems. These estimates will help the Department of Defense (DOD) harness the utility of quantum computers by providing a roadmap for how quantum technology can be utilized.

Yudong Cao, CTO and Co-founder of Zapata Computing, said that the program is an opportunity for the company to apply its quantum expertise to gain genuine insights about the practical utility of quantum computing in any time horizon. Zapata is also leveraging its experience in working with enterprise clients to discover and develop quantum use cases tailored to the unique demands of each industry.

Quantum Technology Portfolio for Defense Applications

Chris Dorny, Head of Quantum Technology, Space and Airborne Systems at L3Harris, said that their quantum technology portfolio provides an exponential leap in innovation and performance over existing defense technologies. The company looks forward to supporting DARPA in its pioneering effort to determine how and when warfighters can best benefit from quantum computing.

Zapata and L3Harris are leading the project with support from BBVA Corporation, BP, Copernic Catalysts, Mitsubishi Chemical, and academic partners at the University of Toronto.

About Zapata Computing

Zapata Computing, Inc. builds solutions to enterprises’ most computationally complex problems. The company has pioneered proprietary methods in generative AI, machine learning, and quantum techniques that run on classical hardware (CPUs, GPUs). Zapata’s Orquestra® platform supports the development and deployment of better, faster, and more cost-effective models, such as Large Language Models, Monte Carlo simulations, and other computationally intense solutions. Founded in 2017, Zapata is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

For Zapata, this program is an opportunity to apply our quantum expertise to gain genuine insights about the practical utility of quantum computing in any time horizon

Yudong Cao, CTO and Co-founder of Zapata Computing.

“Our quantum technology portfolio provides an exponential leap in innovation and performance over existing defense technologies,” said Chris Dorny, Head of Quantum Technology, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “We look forward to supporting DARPA in this pioneering effort to determine how, and when, our warfighters can best benefit from quantum computing.”

Zapata Computing has delivered 30 quantum computing challenge scenarios to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of a $7.3 million contract to develop benchmarks for practical quantum computing applications. The benchmarks will help the Department of Defense and other industries understand how quantum technology can be utilized to solve complex, next-generation problems.

  • Zapata Computing has delivered 30 quantum computing challenge scenarios to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) alongside L3Harris and other industry leaders.
  • The scenarios aim to determine potential quantum computing benefits in defense, chemistry, finance, machine learning, and other areas.
  • Zapata and L3Harris are working on a $7.3 million contract with DARPA to develop benchmarks for the practical application of quantum computing.
  • The program will measure progress toward specific quantum computing challenges, such as creating new materials, simulating fluid dynamics, real-time machine learning, and engineering design optimization.
  • Yudong Cao, CTO and Co-founder of Zapata Computing, sees the program as an opportunity to apply their quantum expertise and gain insights about the practical utility of quantum computing.
  • The project creates benchmarks from real-world computational challenges, establishing standards for quantum hardware performance levels needed to solve complex problems.
  • The Department of Defense (DOD) will use these estimates to harness the utility of quantum computers and create a roadmap for quantum technology utilization.
  • Zapata and L3Harris are leading the project with support from BBVA Corporation, BP, Copernic Catalysts, Mitsubishi Chemical, and academic partners at the University of Toronto.

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