The Rome Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will be the Department of Defenseâs leading representative on the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), announced U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY.
The QED-C is spearheaded by the National Institute of Standards, and also includes the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation as other federal government representatives.
Overall, the QED-C has nearly 100 member organizations, ranging from corporate entities to schools and academic institutions to start-up companies. Its goal is to combine public and private expertise to advance the quantum computing industry in the U.S., and identify research priorities and the best means of boosting the quantum workforce; quantum computing involves a different approach to building and using computers to make them far faster, more efficient and capable of more applications.
For the Rome AFRL, also known as Rome Lab, its research capabilities and expertise on quantum computing make it a âphenomenal additionâ to the QED-C, said Schumer.
âThe race to innovation in quantum computing is proving to be the great scientific race of the 21st century, and Rome Lab is leading the pack. The impacts of falling behind international competitors like China and Russia when it comes to this emerging technology would be wide-ranging and severeâfrom our economic stability to our national security,â Schumer said. âFortunately, through its addition to the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, Rome Lab will be on the scene to help prevent that from happening….â
Rome Lab was selected as the Department of Defenseâs (DOD) lead representative on the QED-C because of how advanced its quantum research capabilities are in comparison to other DOD facilities, Schumer commented. The lab is a Quantum Computing Center of Excellence, and among its activities is involved in creating an Open Innovation Campus at Griffiss airport for collaborative research. In addition, the Air Force in June announced the lab will be involved in a new alliance with IBM to pioneer quantum information technology for the DOD.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said that following recent announcements of the Cree Inc. silicon carbide wafer fabrication facility in Marcy and of the Open Innovation Campus partnership, âthe designation of Rome Lab as the leader in development of quantum computing builds on our momentum as a national leader for high-tech research and manufacturing.â He thanked Schumer for âtireless efforts to bring jobs and investment to the region.â
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