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NIST Leaders Visit Berkeley Lab to Discuss Quantum Information Science

July 19, 2018

Today, representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) visited Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley to present an overview of the latest developments at NIST and to take part in a discussion on elements of a national strategy for quantum information science. The visit to Berkeley Lab included discussions with researchers in the Computing Sciences Area, Molecular Foundry and Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division – who talked about the Lab’s end-to-end approach for co-developing near term quantum devices for scientific simulation, and a tour of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

The NIST visitors included:

  • Walter Copan, NIST Director and Under Secretary for Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce
  • James Olthoff, Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs
  • Carl Williams, Acting Director, Physical Measurements Laboratory
  • Charles Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory
  • Eric Lin, Director, Materials Measurement Laboratory

Get more information about quantum information science research in Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences or visit Berkeley Quantum.

Here are some photos from the visit:

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Posing in front of NERSC's Cori supercomputer. From left to right: Kathy Yelick, Carl Williams, Charles Romine, James Orloff, Jonathan Carter, Walter Copan and Eric Lin. 
(Photo by Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab)

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Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Area Deputy for Science Jonathan Carter (center) showing NIST's Walter Copan (left) and James Orloff around NERSC's machine room. 
(Photo by Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab)

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Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab Kathy Yelick (right) answering questions from NIST's Charles Romine (center) and Carl Williams (left) during a tour of NERSC's machine room. (Photos by Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab)

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NIST visitors learn about NERSC's seismic floor. (Photo by Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab)


Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon welcomes NIST visitors and presents an overview of Berkeley Quantum collaboration opportunities. (Photo by Sarah Wittmer, UC Berkeley)


Irfan Siddiqi, Berkeley Lab Scientist and Founding Director of the Center for Quantum Coherent Science at UC Berkeley, presents a high-level overview of Berkeley Quantum scientific directions and vision. (Photo by Sarah Wittmer, UC Berkeley)


NIST Director and Under Secretary for Standards and Technology Walter Copan. 
(Photo by Sarah Wittmer, UC Berkeley)


NIST visitors participating in a discussion on elements of a national strategy for quantum information science. (Photo by Sarah Wittmer, UC Berkeley)

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NIST representatives visit UC Berkeley's superconducting qubit facilities housed in the Center for Integrated Precision and Quantum Measurement. From left to right: Irfan Siddiqi, Walter Copan, Randy Katz, Carl Williams and James Orloff. (Photo by Sarah Wittmer, UC Berkeley)

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