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IARPA Starts Superconducting Research Program for HPC

Will tomorrow’s supercomputers leverage superconductivity to go even faster? Over at Military Aerospace Electronics, John Keller writes that the IARPA Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) program seeks to substitute superconducting computing and superconducting switching for computing systems based on complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) switching devices and metal interconnects.

IARPA expects that the C3 program will be a five-year, two-phase program. The first phase will last for three years and develop the technologies necessary to demonstrate a small superconducting processor. The second phase, which will last two years, will integrate those new technologies into a small-scale working model of a superconducting computer.

A formal solicitation for the IARPA C3 program should be released to industry on or before briefings scheduled for March 12, 2013. Read the Full Story.

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