Air Force joins consortium to explore quantum computing for Air Force applications like machine learning

July 15, 2019
Air Force works alongside IBM to investigate Air Force problems on actual hardware that may yield a 'quantum advantage' over conventional computing.

ROME, N.Y. – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., is breaking new ground in efforts to partner with 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. Continue reading original article

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15 July 2019 -- 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 Air Force and its collaborators with access to commercial quantum systems to explore practical Air Force applications.

The partnership will allow Air Force Research Lab to work alongside IBM researchers and other select collaborators to investigate 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.

The IBM Q Network has established Quantum Hubs across the world, implementing innovative approaches to advancing research by providing the greatest minds in academia, industry, and now the Air Force, access to quantum systems to realize the potential of quantum mechanics. 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.

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Military & Aerospace Electronics

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