Aliro Quantum is a quantum networking platform company that spun out of NarangLab at Harvard University that develops simulation and control tools for quantum networks. A key focus is to deliver something they call Quantum Entanglement as a Service (EaaS) to enable the distribution of entangled quantum states between nodes. They have received contracts for research on two projects through the U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX program. The first is for secure communications to create and simulate models of physical components of small-scale hybrid quantum networks that include photon-trapped-ion and photon-superconducting interfaces. The second involves the developing a design and implementing a control plane for the management of quantum protocols and quantum software that can manage clusters of interconnected quantum processing units (QPUs). The vision is that more capable quantum installations can be created by interconnecting multiple smaller systems together to create a cluster, much like the way modern classical data centers can have hundreds or thousands of CPU cores working together to solve a problem. A unique aspect of this program will be that Aliro will investigate hybrid QPU clusters that will include both superconducting based QPUs and also trapped ion QPUs to take advantage of the best features of each technology. These initial grants to Aliro will total up to $100,000 for both programs combined but Aliro intends on applying for Phase 2 grants to build upon the research once they show results from this initial phase. Additional information about these grants can be found in a news release provided by Aliro and available here

July 21, 2021.