(UNM.edu) The Miyake Research Group at the University of New Mexico has been taking part in an initiative called the Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design, or STAQ, project aimed at developing and improving quantum systems. Funded by a $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation, STAQ seeks to make quantum computing a more practical tool for future research. The STAQ initiative involves a diverse group of scientists from UNM, University of California Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Maryland College Park, Tufts University, and University of Chicago. As one piece of the STAQ research being conducted at UNM, Graduate Research Assistant Andrew Zhao and his colleagues are using CARC systems to refine algorithms that can be used to perform chemical calculations on quantum computers.
Physics and Astronomy Associate Professor Akimasa Miyake commented, “Quantum information science is a new paradigm of information processing to harness the fundamental laws of nature, namely quantum mechanics. It is one of the most important questions in quantum computation to understand for what kinds of problems quantum algorithms offer speed-up, and Andrew Zhao’s project directly tackles this key question.”
The STAQ project is expected to generate numerous academic papers. Zhao hopes to submit an article regarding these algorithms within the next few months.

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