NSF Awards $15 Million Grant for Development of a Practical Quantum Computer

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million over five years for the  Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum Co-design (STAQ) project.  This is a multi-institution project that will involve researchers from Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Maryland and University of New Mexico.

The project has a goal of producing a working quantum computer of 64 qubits or more based upon the ion trap technology while simultaneously developing software tools that optimally map quantum algorithms to the ion trap device. The ion trap technology apparently leverages previous research performed at Duke University and the University of Maryland and used by IonQ for their quantum computer.  One important feature of this proposed machine is that it will offer all-to-all qubit connectivity which provides certain problem solving advantages over the more restricted connectivity of the superconducting based designs being pursued by IBM, Google, Rigetti, and others.

For more details, you can view the NSF press release here and the award abstract here.