A pair of big-money federal research grants give Chicago a ground-floor opportunity in a technology many expect to transform computing. As my colleague John Pletz reported Aug. 26, Argonne and Fermilab in suburban Chicago are among five national laboratories that will get $115 million apiece for quantum computing research.
The new technology uses atomic particles to process data far faster than today’s computers using transistors. Quantum is also more secure than current technology.
Fermilab, meanwhile, is applying its particle physics expertise to the new technology. The lab’s Superconducting Quantum Materials Center will work to solve the unique challenges of atomic-level computing.