Quantum computers could spur the development of new breakthroughs in science and medicine, machine learning, algorithms and more. A recent collaboration will advance quantum application at the US Air Force. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate is approaching industry, academia, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to apply quantum computing to Air Force concerns and ensure they remain the most advanced and capable force in the World.
The Air Force Research Lab formally has joined the IBM Q Network, the first ever partnership of its kind in the Department of Defense. This alliance will provide the US Air Force and its collaborators with access to commercial quantum systems to explore practical Air Force applications.
The partnership will allow the investigation of Air Force problems on actual hardware that may yield a ‘quantum advantage’ over conventional computing. Early applications include optimization problems, speed-up of machine learning algorithms and quantum chemistry simulation.
“AFRL is pleased to partner with IBM to become a hub in the Q Network as IBM is a world-leader in the development of quantum computing hardware,” said Dr. Michael Hayduk, Deputy Director, of AFRL’s Information Directorate.
According to spacewar.com, the AFRL Quantum Hub will be used to investigate quantum applications in algorithms, machine learning, neural network training, risk/decision analysis, quantum simulation of molecular and strongly correlated systems, photonic phenomena, and specific biological systems.
One of the goals of AFRL’s Quantum Hub is to create a broad community of researchers working on the latest gate-based computer(s) to develop expertise, and to continually monitor and test new advancements in quantum hardware.
Learn more about quantum technologies at the Quantum Tech Conference and exhibition organized by iHLS on November 18, 2019.
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