(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60.7 million in funding August 29, 2019 to advance the development of quantum computing and networking. The projects Innvolve both Universities and National Laboratories
Funding of $47 million will be provided for three five-year projects aimed at accelerating progress in quantum computing. Projects will focus on the development of algorithms as well as the creation of a suite of traditional software tools and techniques— including programming languages, compilers, and debugging approaches—specifically designed for quantum computing.
Funding of $13.7 million will be provided for five four-year projects aimed at developing wide-area quantum networks, with the goal of greatly boosting the range of quantum-based communications. The goal is to develop long-distance quantum communication using existing fiber optic connections. New science and technology, such as quantum repeaters, will be needed to extend the current very limited range of such quantum networks.
All projects are multi-institutional partnerships and involve a total of nine DOE laboratories, ten universities, and one non-profit.
Fiscal Year 2019 funding for the two initiatives totals $15 million, with outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations.