Durham, NC: Duke to lead $15M effort to build first ‘practical’ quantum computer
DURHAM – If there is a Holy Grail of research in technology these days it’s quantum computing – something that remains confined to development, testing and modest levels of achievement. Duke University admits as much n an announcement Tuesday that its researchers will team with scientists at six other universities with an “audacious goal.”
That goal is the world’s “first practical” quantum computer. They have $15 million to spend.
Kenneth Brown, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, chemistry, and physics at Duke, will lead the effort. “Brown’s research interest is the control of quantum systems for both understanding the natural world and developing new technologies,” his university bio says. “His current research areas are the development of robust quantum computers and the study of molecular properties at cold and ultracold temperatures.”
IBM is among the global leaders in the race to develop the next generation of computing and is working with North Carolina State University to establish a quantum lab at NCSU.