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NERSC to evaluate neutral-atom quantum technology

QuEra Computing has announced a partnership with the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) to evaluate quantum computers for use in quantum dynamics, chemistry, and high-energy physics. 

Alexander Keesling, CEO of QuEra Computing, comments: “It is a privilege to provide NERSC with access to QuEra’s quantum computing resources and to contribute to its ongoing efforts to increase its users’ computing capability. We believe the vast pool of scientists who turn to NERSC for computing resources stand to benefit greatly from our technology. It is our hope that through this partnership, we can help accelerate scientific breakthroughs in an array of disciplines.”

The partnership will begin this spring with a project designed to enable NERSC’s experts to explore the Aquila quantum computer and evaluate its capabilities, with a long-term goal of understanding how such technologies could support the complex needs of NERSC’s user base. 

Richard Gerber, Senior Science Advisor and Head of the HPC Department at NERSC, added: “quantum computing and quantum simulation capabilities of this kind have the potential to impact a significant portion of NERSC’s user base, whose work is in sectors where there are direct applications for this technology. 

“Technology is evolving quickly in the HPC space. This project will increase our capacity to better serve our users in the future and reflects NERSC’s commitment to providing the  scientific community with new and advanced computational tools as they become available.” 

This new partnership signals the opportunity to partner with NERSC in support of its mission to accelerate scientific discovery at the DOE Office of Science through high-performance computing and data analysis. This allows QuEra to deliver value for users in the near term and provides an opportunity to gain valuable insights into how users deploy the technology.

QuEra Computing is developing the world’s first publicly accessible neutral-atom quantum computer – Aquila. Founded in 2018, the company is built on research recently conducted at Harvard University and MIT. Aquila is available now for general use as part of the Amazon Braket cloud service.


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