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Quantum Computing - RFP

Research Area(s):

Quantum Computing, Computer Science & Information Technology


The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is pleased to invite proposals for Cycle-3 of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Research Opportunity, which will allocate computer time for research projects to be run on the D-Wave System at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) for the time period August 2017 through December 2018.

The total allocated computer time for the research opportunity represents approximately 20% of the total available runtime during the period. Successful projects will be allowed to remotely access the quantum computer, and to run a number of jobs up to a maximum allocated runtime usage.

The Call is open to all qualified researchers affiliated to accredited universities, not-for-profit organizations, and industry. Exceptions to researchers unaffiliated with universities might be considered in case of proposals of outstanding quality and the desire to publish the results of the investigation. The computer time will be provided free of charge. No financial support is offered for the completion of the project.

Proposals are sought for research on artificial intelligence algorithms and advanced programming (mapping, decomposition, embedding) techniques for quantum annealing, with the objective to advance the state-of-the-art in quantum computing and its application to artificial intelligence.

The D-Wave 2000Q machine currently features the "Whistler" chip. High-level descriptions of the computer and its programming can be found on D-Wave website The specific machine installed at ARC currently has more than 2000 qubits in the working graph, features a single anneal time as fast as 5 microseconds, and improved controls over the anneal schedule. The device is planned to be upgraded in the future as new processors become available.

A number of published research papers documenting the use of D-Wave processors or discussing its applications can be found at:

Applications for the first and second batch of Cycle 3 users are closed.
Applications received by June 15, 2018 will be reviewed immediately as part of the third batch; computer time can be awarded before August. The call for proposals will remain open after the due date, with the next cutoff date for submission being September 15th, 2018. For detailed information and application instructions, download the following:

Request for Proposal
Quantum Computer Research Agreement

The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is a collaboration among teams at NASA's Ames Research Center, Google, and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).

USRA Points of Contact:

Dr. Davide Venturelli
Quantum AI Lab Science Operations Manager

Dr. David Bell, Director
USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science


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