Combining computer science with physics and biology to create breakthroughs that help the world.
Computer science and natural science are complementary: breakthroughs in one can lead to remarkable advances in the other. The goal of the Applied Science organization at Google is to cross-fertilize these two fields. There are four main efforts in Applied Science: Quantum Computing, Google Accelerated Science, Climate and Energy, and Scientific Computing Tools.
Quantum Computing uses advances in applied physics to push the state-of-the-art in computation. Google Accelerated Science and Climate and Energy do the opposite: they use the latest advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence to accelerate progress in natural sciences, including societally-important areas such as biomedical research and zero-carbon energy sources. Finally, we supply Scientific Computing Tools such as Colab to many internal groups to enhance their data and machine learning productivity.
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OpenFermion is a library for simulating the systems of interacting electrons (fermions) which give rise to the properties of matter.
The goal of our experiment was to use quantum hardware to efficiently solve the molecular electronic structure problem, which seeks the solution for the lowest energy configuration of electrons in the presence of a given nuclear configuration.