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U of Maryland and IonQ create quantum computing lab in $20M partnership


By David Schwartz
Published: September 14th, 2021

The University of Maryland and a leading quantum computing company are partnering on new quantum lab on the College Park campus, with their sights on be becoming a national center for research and innovations in the field.

The university has struck an approximately $20 million deal with IonQ, a developer of quantum computing technology and devices. The partnership will create the Q-Lab, where students, faculty and researchers can access a commercial-grade quantum computer and collaborate on developing new applications.

University of Maryland officials have worked for years to cultivate the a reputation as a leader in quantum technology research, having housed one of the laboratories from which IonQ was hatched. The university is currently home to seven quantum-focused centers and more than 200 researchers.

“I do find it amazing that this little company and the University of Maryland together are kind of powering this quantum future, more than Silicon Valley, more than Google, more than Microsoft, more than IBM,” asserts IonQ CEO Peter Chapman. “We’re winning this race.”

The Q-Lab will be located in the university’s Discovery District, next to IonQ’s College Park headquarters. Other universities have courted IonQ for access to its technology, the the company ultimately settled on partnering with the UMD, which Chapman said has been at the “vanguard of this field since quantum computing was in its infancy.”

“No other university in the United States is able to provide students and researchers this level of hands-on contact with commercial-grade quantum computing technology and insights from experts working in this emerging field,” said University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines. “We could not be more proud of IonQ’s success and we are excited to establish this strategic partnership, further solidifying UMD and the surrounding region as the Quantum Capital of the world.”

Source: The Baltimore Sun

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