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This Week in HPC: Major IT Players Explore Alternate Architectures and Interest Accelerates for FPGAs and Quantum Computing

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research look at FPGAs for high performance computing. After that, they discuss the latest news on quantum computing.

Station Q Tackles Quantum Computing at Microsoft

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“Our belief is that trying to build a quantum machine by controlling electron spin and using surface codes is like trying to build a computer using vacuum tubes. Labs all over the world can do that, but you’ll never be able to scale up.”

Google Develops Quantum Computing Playground

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Developed by Google engineers, the Quantum Computing Playground is a browser-based WebGL Chrome Experiment featuring a simple IDE interface and its own scripting language with debugging and 3D quantum state visualization features.

EPSRC to Fund £155 Million for Quantum Computing Research

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has opened a £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that will exploit the properties of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies.

Interview: Solving Tech Problems with Quantum Computing

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In this video, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell discusses the company’s progress in quantum computing. “I hope the pendulum swings back the other way at some point, where it becomes more in vogue to do more of this science-based research, because it’s really important for us to transform science into technology.”

NASA’s Rupak Biswas Investigates the Weird World of Quantum Computing

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In this special feature, John Kirkley talks with Dr. Biswas to learn more about NASA’s fledgling involvement in the weird world of quantum computing.

Carver Mead on the Need to Leap Ahead with Quantum Computing

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Over at MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite interviews Carver Mead, the computer scientist who came up with the term, “Moore’s Law” on the topic of quantum computing.

Quantum Memory Takes a Leap Forward

Over the BBC, James Morgan writes that researchers have overcome a key barrier to ultrafast computers with a key breakthrough that enabled fragile quantum memory state to be held stable at room temperature for a “world record” 39 minutes.

The Observer Effect – A Sci-Fi Original

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Minute as its impact may be in our physical universe, the fact of quantum entanglement is this: If one logically inexplicable thing is known to exist, then this permits the existence of all logically inexplicable things.

A Look into the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

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We believe quantum computing may help solve some of the most challenging computer science problems, particularly in machine learning. Machine learning is all about building better models of the world to make more accurate predictions.