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Media To Tour Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory For The First Time

Members of the media will tour the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center (ARC) for the first time on Tuesday, December 8. Media will hear from a panel of computer scientists involved in the emerging quantum computing effort at Ames as they speak about its importance, the variety of real-world applications being studied, and where quantum computing may take us in the future. Panelists will include:

  • Rupak Biswas, Director of Exploration Technology at ARC
  • Hartmut Neven, Director of Engineering at Google, Inc., Los Angeles

  • David Bell, Director of the Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science for the Universities Space Research Association (USRA)

  • Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz, Research Scientist for NASA's QuAIL project at ARC


The tour of the NAS facility that houses the 1,097-qubit D-Wave 2X™ quantum computer will follow the panel discussion.

BACKGROUND: QuAIL supports a collaborative effort among NASA, Google, and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to explore the potential for quantum computers to tackle optimization problems that are difficult or impossible for traditional supercomputers to handle. The facility has been extensively retrofitted to provide isolation from noise and vibration, as well as the infrastructure required to cool the system to its near-absolute-zero operating temperature.

Researchers on NASA’s QuAIL team are using this system to investigate areas where quantum algorithms might someday dramatically improve the Agency's ability to solve difficult optimization problems in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, and space exploration. While NASA researchers have given interviews about quantum computing, this is the first time news media will tour the facility and be permitted to take photos.

PROGRAM FUNDING: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA); the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); the Army Research Office (ARO); and the Autonomous Systems and Operations (ASO) project, Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

POC: Andre Petukhov, andre.g.petukhov@nasa.gov

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