DARPA posts quantum computing RFI
On July 10, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) posted a request for information for Quantum Computing Applications with State of the Art Capabilities (Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-68). Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on August 10.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is seeking information on new capabilities that could be enabled by current and next generation quantum computers for understanding complex physical systems, improving artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and enhancing distributed sensing. The field of Quantum Computing (QC) has seen considerable progress in recent years, both in the number of qubits that can be physically realized, and in the formulation of new quantum search and optimization algorithms. However, numerous challenges remain to be solved to usefully employ QC to solve real world problems. These include challenges of scale, environmental interactions, input/output, qubit connectivity, quantum memory (or lack thereof), quantum state preparation and readout, and numerous other practical and architectural challenges associated with interfacing to the classical world.
Parties interested in participating in a potential DARPA workshop on QC applications with State of the Art (SOA) capabilities must submit a response to this RFI. DARPA will review the submissions and based on this review, respondents whose ideas are most interesting to DARPA will be invited to attend the workshop. Some respondents may be invited to present their ideas at the workshop.
Full information is available here.