Today the PASC17 Conference announced that Matthias Troyer from Microsoft Research will give this year’s public lecture on the topic “Towards Quantum High Performance Computing.” The event will take place June 26-28 in Lugano, Switzerland.
A century after the development of quantum mechanics, we have now reached an exciting time where computational devices that make use of quantum effects can be built. Quantum random number generators, analog quantum simulators and quantum annealers are already commercially available and work on quantum computers is accelerating. First demonstration quantum computers exist today and devices with computational powers beyond that of any imaginable classical computers seem just over the horizon and feasible within the next few years. Following an introduction to the exceptional computational power of quantum computers using analogies with classical high performance computing systems, I will discuss real-world application problems that can be tackled on medium scale quantum computers but not on post exa-scale classical computers. I will motivate hardware software co-design of quantum accelerators to classical supercomputers and the need for educating a new generation of quantum software engineers with knowledge both in quantum computing and in high performance computing.
Matthias Troyer is a Principal Researcher in the Quantum Architectures and Computation Group at Microsoft Research. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics, and recipient of the Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society. After receiving his PhD in 1994 from ETH Zurich he spent three years as postdoc at the University of Tokyo before returning to ETH Zurich. There he has been professor of Computational Physics until taking leave of absence to join Microsoft’s quantum computing program at the beginning of this year.
Registration for PASC17 opens in April.