Zapata Computing Wins DARPA Award for Quantum Benchmarking

BOSTON, March 29, 2022 — Computer Zapata, a leading enterprise software company for quantum solutions, today announced that the company, along with several academic and technology partners, has won an award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for quantum benchmarking. The multi-million dollar, multi-year award will help fund the creation of software tools to perform hardware-specific resource estimates for quantum computers. The partners behind this effort represent some of the most esteemed and forward-thinking quantum computing minds in the industry. The collaboration includes teams from:

  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • IonQ
  • Sydney University of Technology
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Computer Zapata

The effort began earlier this month.

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“This DARPA award is an important step in our ongoing journey to learn more about the potential of quantum computing and the implications it can have on some of the world’s greatest challenges,” said Alexandru Paler, assistant professor at computing at Aalto University. “We can’t wait to launch the initiative and I’m excited for what we’ll discover during our testing and research.”

“We are proud to be part of this effort, bringing IonQ’s cutting-edge quantum computing hardware and commercial insights to the collaboration,” said Sonika Johri, Quantum Applications Research Manager at IonQ. “Benchmarking is a critical step in creating practical quantum applications for customers, and this award from DARPA allows us to explore the most immediate ways our quantum computers can impact industries and businesses. business practices.”

“Each step forward in quantum technology provides the community with a new opportunity to learn and grow,” said Simon Devitt, professor at the Center for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. “These DARPA initiatives will help us better understand the reality of where we find ourselves and the potential of what lies ahead.”

“It’s an amazing time to get a foothold in the quantum computing industry,” said Joseph S. Friedman, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It feels like there is a new breakthrough every day and we are slowly but surely striving for a future where quantum computers become more mainstream. These DARPA projects are a clear indicator that we are moving in the right direction and we are delighted to be part of this extended team.

“We are extremely proud that the Department of Defense and the US government are leveraging our expertise and software capabilities to benchmark hardware performance as the industry continues to mature,” said Christopher Savoie, CEO of Zapata Computing. “We have assembled a dream team to tackle these DARPA projects, bringing together some of the best and brightest in the global quantum ecosystem to collectively push the boundaries of what is possible.”

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About Zapata Computing

Zapata Computing, Inc. builds quantum-ready applications for enterprises on Orquestra, the computing workflow platform for quantum computing. Orquestra incorporates best-in-class classical and quantum technology, including state-of-the-art algorithms from Zapata, open-source libraries in Python, and more. Zapata has pioneered new quantum classical methods in ML, optimization, and simulation to maximize the value of near-term quantum devices, and partners closely with quantum ecosystem hardware vendors such as Amazon, D -Wave, Google, Quantinuum, IBM, IonQ and Rigetti. Learn more about

About IonQ

IonQ, Inc. is a leader in quantum computing, with a proven track record in innovation and deployment. IonQ’s next-generation quantum computer, IonQ Aria, is the most powerful quantum computer in the world, and IonQ has defined what it believes is the best way to evolve. IonQ is the only company whose quantum systems are available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Christopher Monroe and Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of pioneering research. To learn more, visit

Source: Zapata Computing, IonQ

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