March 23, 2023

QuEra to Bring Expanded Quantum Capability to NERSC

Boston, MAR 23, 2023 QuEra Computing, maker of the world’s first and only publicly accessible neutral-atom quantum computer – Aquila, today announces a new partnership with the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The partnership will give NERSC access to QuEra’s neutral-atom technology, advancing the center’s efforts to help develop and evaluate quantum computers with the goal of allowing its users to solve problems in quantum dynamics, chemistry, high-energy physics, and other fields.

“It is a privilege to provide NERSC with access to QuEra’s quantum computing resources and to contribute to its ongoing efforts to increase its users’ computing capability. We believe the vast pool of scientists who turn to NERSC for computing resources stand to benefit greatly from our technology. It is our hope that through this partnership, we can help accelerate scientific breakthroughs in an array of disciplines,” said Alexander Keesling, CEO at QuEra Computing.

NERSC currently has about 9,000 users from a range of scientific fields, making it one of the world’s largest facilities dedicated to offering computational resources for scientific research. NERSC is located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and provides high performance computing (supercomputing) and data resources for research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. NERSC is acknowledged in more than 2,000 scientific publications annually, making it a world leader in enabling scientific discovery though large-scale computation and data analysis.

The partnership will begin this spring with a project designed to enable NERSC’s experts to explore the Aquila quantum computer and evaluate its capabilities, with a long-term goal of understanding how such technologies could support the complex needs of NERSC’s user base.

“Adding quantum computing and quantum simulation capabilities of this kind has the potential to impact a significant portion of NERSC’s user base, whose work is in sectors where there are direct applications for this technology,” said Richard Gerber, Senior Science Advisor and Head of the HPC Department at NERSC. “Technology is evolving quickly in the HPC space. This project will increase our capacity to better serve our users in the future and reflects NERSC’s commitment to providing the scientific community with new and advanced computational tools as they become available.”

For QuEra, this new partnership signals the opportunity to partner with NERSC in support of its mission to accelerate scientific discovery at the DOE Office of Science through high performance computing and data analysis. This not only allows QuEra to deliver value for users in the near-term, but also provides an  opportunity to gain valuable insights into how users deploy the technology and enables the company to make adjustments that would potentially unlock even greater value for users.