Podcast: Quantum Applications are Always Hybrid

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at inherently hybrid nature of quantum computing applications.

Quantum applications are always and only hybrid” is the quote that Shahin wants you to remember as he gives an update on recent news in Quantum Computing, and especially how to program them. If you’re always going to have to mix classical code with quantum code then you need an environment that is built for that workflow, and thus we see a lot of attention given to that in the QIS (Quantum Information Science) area. This is reminiscent of OpenGL for graphics accelerators and OpenCL/CUDA for compute accelerators.

Henry talks about 5G and how people are starting to get serious bandwidth: 1.8 gbps has been seen on existing smart phones. Henry’s super fast cable modem set-up is delivering 220 gbps and 16ms latency. And 5G is only going to get better with advertised peaks of 20 gbps and 4ms latency depending on frequency and handset and power, etc. Everyone then picks on an easy target: DSL.

Dan follows up with a heartfelt farewell to the retiring Titan supercomputer, complete with the matching solemn music in the background, which, discerning listeners will note, plays only when he’s talking. Affection for Titan continues in its memory, and we imagine possibly also its DRAM.

After that, they do their Catch of the Week:

  • Henry: Another week another cyber-security breach! Henry has a few of them but it’s all too depressing, so he decides to pass this week.
  • Shahin: Shahin is looking forward to attending the Hot Chips conference to be held at Stanford in August. Henry is envious, given the technology candy store that the conference represents. Shahin promises to take good notes and report back in a future episode. Let him know if you’ll be there.
  • Dan: Dan talks about cyber-attacks and ransomeware targeting small and mid-sized cities, the impact on insurance rates, and what a hard problem that is to solve.

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