The $42 million in funding is being provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research Programs for four new projects that will last 3-5 years, depending upon the project. The funding appears to be separate to the projects that will be funded by the National Quantum Initiative Act that was signed into law in December.

Partners on three of the four Sandia-led projects include the California Institute of Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dartmouth College, Duke University, the University of Maryland and Tufts University.

The four projects include:

  • Development of a Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT) system based upon trapped ion technology. ($25.1 million over 5 years)
  • A Quantum Performance Assessment project to measure the performance of quantum hardware. ($3.7 million over 5 years)
  • An Optimization, Verification and Engineered Reliability of Quantum Computers project to ensure reliable operation of quantum computing testbeds and coax the most utility from them. ($7.8 million over 4 years)
  • A Quantum Optimization and Learning and Simulation (QOALAS) project that explore connections with theoretical physics, classical optimization and machine learning. ($4.5 million over 3 years)

For more details on these projects you can read the news release on the Sandia web site here.