During the period 2011–2013 I was honored to participate as a co-investigator on one of the four teams funded under the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Quantum Computer ScienceProgram (QCS). To quote from the IARPA web page, “The IARPA Quantum Computer Science (QCS) Program explored questions relating to the computational resources required to run quantum algorithms on realistic quantum computers.”
First let me state that this blog post represents my own viewpoint and opinion of the program and not that of IARPA or other participating teams or government agencies involved. However, as most of my readers know, given my involvement in the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Agency programs in quantum computing from their inception in 1994, both as an advisor to the government and as a government-funded researcher, I perhaps have a unique perspective that, hopefully, can help us see the big picture of what emerged from the QCS program. (For readers who don’t know my background in this area, please pick up a copy of my new book, Schrödinger’s KillerApp: Race to Build the World’s First Quantum Computer, and then very carefully set it down again.)

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