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NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Sign Collaborative Agreement for Quantum Computing Software Package

NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) signed a three-year agreement in January 2022. The agreement is a collaboration between NASA Ames Research Center’s (ARC) Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) group and DLR’s Simulations and Software Technology (DLR-SC) group, intended to advance their respective quantum computing research thrusts. The focus of the agreement is on jointly developing a software library composed of a collection of software tools to implement the quantum algorithms that will be used for space exploration applications. Upon completion, the software library will be released to the public as open-source software for future applications under an Apache license. A virtual kick-off meeting for the collaboration is scheduled for March 24, 2022.

BACKGROUND: Though current quantum hardware is currently too small for solving practical problems intractable on classical supercomputers, there is an unprecedented opportunity to invent, explore, and evaluate quantum algorithms empirically on these small devices. The NASA QuAIL group and DLR have been taking advantage of this opportunity and conducting joint research since 2016. Past work includes the development of a quantum algorithm for assigning flights to airport gates that minimized total transit time of all passengers. The team’s efforts to develop and test quantum and hybrid quantum-classical applications for computationally challenging space exploration applications will be strengthened through this formal agreement.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

TEAM: Dr. Shon Grabbe, Dr. Eleanor G. Rieffel, Trupti Sanghani (ARC Business Development Manager), and Dr. Tobias Stollenwerk (DLR)

POINT OF CONTACT: Eleanor Rieffel, eleanor.rieffel@nasa.gov

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