Rigetti Computing Selected to Deliver Technology for Phase 2 of DARPA ONISQ Program

BERKELEY, California, January 27, 2022 – Rigetti Computing, a leader in hybrid quantum-classical computer systems, announced today that it has been selected to deliver hardware, software and benchmarks for a second phase of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) a program to develop quantum computers capable of solving complex optimization problems. In collaboration with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and through DARPA, under the DARPA-NASA Interagency Agreement (IAA) 8839 Annex 114, with the NASA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL), the company’s choice is based on its success. completion of performance milestones, supported by Rigetti’s continued development of its scalable chip technology and advanced programming tools.

“Working with our partners at NASA and USRA to deliver ONISQ (Noise Medium Scale Quantum Optimization) phase one has advanced our capabilities in hardware, software and applications, demonstrating the benefits of both our partner strategy and our vertically integrated approach to developing quantum computers “said Rigetti founder and CEO Chad Rigetti. “Using a functionally important customer issue as a guide has led to significant full-blown innovation, including chip technologies, advanced gateway calibration and quantum programming capabilities, which we can now deliver more widely to users through our Quantum Cloud Services platform.”

The work focuses on solving a class of complex planning problems that have important implications for national security, such as real-time strategic asset deployment, as well as business applications including global supply chain management, network optimization, and vehicle routing. The aim of the collaboration is to deliver a full stack solution with a proven quantum advantage over classical techniques.

Utilizing Rigetti’s Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility, the program was supported by the continued development of key chip technologies supporting the company’s innovative modular quantum processor architecture, which it announced last year.

In addition, work under the program has led to the demonstration of advanced programming tools and compiler technology, including more expressive logic gates on Rigetti’s 32-bit quantum processors. Among them is the industry’s first implementation of a programmable 3-kb gate that maps directly to classically difficult sampling problems and can enable quantum computers to outperform classical computers in these tasks.

In the second phase of the program, the team will continue to develop and test the software application on a growing scale, including Rigetti’s 80-cubit-modular quantum processor, which the company announced in December 2021. NASA and USRA partners will make an application benchmark. versus high-performance classical computers to determine whether the approach has a demonstrable quantum advantage compared to known techniques.

This work is part of the DARPA ONISQ program. The goal of the program is to establish that quantum information processing using NISQ devices has a quantitative advantage for solving real-world combinatorial optimization problems compared to the most currently known classical methods.

See related press release at USRA.

About Rigetti Computing

Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in packet quantum computing. The company has been operating quantum cloud computing since 2017 and serves global businesses, governments and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs over 140 people with offices in the US, UK and Australia.

Rigetti Computing announced in October that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II, Ltd. (“Supernova II”) (NYSE: SNII), a publicly traded specialty acquisition company. When the transaction closes, the publicly traded company will be called Rigetti Computing, Inc. and its common stock is expected to be listed on the NYSE under the ticker “RGTI”. Learn more at www.rigetti.com.

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