DARPA digs into the details of practical quantum computing -- GCN


Quantum computing promises enough computational power to solve problems far beyond the capabilities of the fastest digital computers, so the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is laying the groundwork for applying the technology to real-world problems. In a request for information, DARPA is asking how quantum computing can enable new capabilities when it comes to solving science and technology problems, such as understanding complex physical systems, optimizing artificial intelligence and machine learning and enhancing distributed sensing. Noting that it is not interested in solving cryptology issues, DARPA is asking the research community to help solve challenges of scale, environmental interactions, connectivity and memory and suggest "hard" science and technology problems the technology could be leveraged to solve. Establishing the fundamental limits of quantum computing in terms of how problems should be framed, when a model's scale requires a quantum-based solution, how to manage connectivity and errors, the size of potential speed gains and the ability to break large problems into smaller pieces that can map to several quantum platforms. Improving machine learning by leveraging a hybrid quantum/classical computing approach to decrease the time required to train machine learning models.

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