Zapata AI earns Second DARPA Award for Quantum Benchmarking

Working closely with partners in industry and academia, the Phase II Award will develop open-source tools to estimate the resources required for high-value industrial applications of quantum computing.

Zapata Computing, Inc. (“Zapata AI” or the “Company”), the Industrial Generative AI software company developing solutions and applications to solve enterprises’ hardest problems, today announced that the company, along with several academic and technology partners, has been selected as an awardee for the second phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Quantum Benchmarking program. Zapata AI is a participant in both Technical Area 1 and Technical Area 2 of the program. The multi-year, multi-million-dollar award will help the quantum computing community identify the resources required to deliver quantum applications with high utility for industrial problems.

The Phase II award builds on the Phase I award granted to the same group of collaborators in 2022. Where the Phase I award was focused on building BenchQ — an open-source tool for benchmarking quantum computing applications — and demonstrating its value for resource estimation, the Phase II award will focus on improving the tool to increase community adoption. This includes building and maintaining BenchQ software integrations and broadening the applicability to additional use cases. The work will identify high-value applications, quantify their utility, and estimate the resources required to unlock that utility across multiple quantum hardware modalities.

Zapata AI’s partners on this initiative include the most highly regarded and visionary experts in the field of quantum computing. The collaboration includes teams from:

  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • IonQ
  • University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • The effort kicked off earlier this month.

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