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PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

Today a coalition led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington will convene in Seattle to launch the Northwest Quantum Nexus. The invite-only Summit will establish a center of geographic and intellectual gravity in the Northwest, where a talent pool can flourish and contribute to the quantum economy, through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, research impacts, and community engagement. “By establishing this partnership in quantum computing, we are planting a seed in fertile ground. We are forming a nexus for nurturing a talent pool and establishing the quantum economy through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, and community engagement.”

New Study: Algorithms based on deep neural networks can be applied to quantum physics

A computer science research group from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has mathematically proven that artificial intelligence (AI) can help us understand currently unreachable quantum physics phenomena. The results have been published in Physical Review Letters. “Our research proves that the AI algorithms can represent highly complex quantum systems significantly more efficiently than existing approaches,” said Prof. Amnon Shashua, Intel senior vice president and Mobileye president and CEO.”

Video: Benchmarking Performance with Quantum Volume

“At the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting, IBM unveiled a new scientific milestone, announcing its highest quantum volume to date. Quantum Volume is a measurement, a procedure developed by IBM, that determines how powerful a quantum computer is, accounting for both gate and measurement errors, device cross talk, as well as device connectivity and circuit compiler efficiency. It follows that the higher the Quantum Volume, the more real-world, complex problems quantum computers can potentially solve, such as simulating chemistry, modeling financial risk, and supply chain optimization.”

LANL Upgrades to D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Computer

Today D-Wave Systems announced that Los Alamos National Laboratory has upgraded their D-Wave quantum computer to the D-Wave 2000Q system. Los Alamos is investing in D-Wave quantum technology to expand its foundational quantum computing research, enabling exploration of new and diverse quantum computing applications. “We are pleased that the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Advanced Simulation and Computing program funded the upgrade of the D-Wave system, allowing us to continue to explore quantum simulation and algorithms at larger scales,” said Irene Qualters, associate laboratory director for Simulation and Computation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “D-Wave has been a valued strategic partner in Los Alamos’ pursuit of a new technology that is part of the expanding heterogeneous landscape of computing. Such strong partnerships aid the Laboratory and DOE in the development of the nation’s workforce for the future.”

Optalysys launches FT:X 2000 – The world’s first commercial optical processing system

Today Optalysys announced the FT:X 2000, the world’s first optical co-processor system for Ai computing. “It is a really exciting time in optical computing,” said Dr. Nick New, Optalysys CEO and Founder. “As we approach the commercial launch of our main optical co-processor systems, we are seeing a surge in interest in optical methods, which are needed to provide the next level of processing capability across multiple industry sectors. We are on the verge of an optical computing revolution and it’s fantastic to be leading the way.”

Video: Access the Future Today with Quantum Computing

Dr. Dario Gil gave this talk at the IBM Think conference. “For two years now, IBM has enabled more than 100,000 people around the globe to access quantum computers for learning, research, and tackling new problems. IBM’s Dario Gil will discuss this radically different approach to computing built on the laws of quantum mechanics and how the roadmap for mainstream adoption of this new technology is being forged today by IBM in collaboration with a global community across business, academia and research.”

Interview: HPC User Forum in Santa Fe to look at Supercomputing Technology Trends

Hyperion Research will host the next HPC User Forum April 1-3 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Now in its 20th year, the HPC User Forum has grown to 150 members from government, industry, and academia. To learn more, insideHPC caught up with Steve Conway from Hyperion Research.

A Look Ahead at Disruptive Technologies for HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at technology that could disrupt the HPC ecosystem. “As the HPC industry reaches the end of technology scaling based on Moore’s Law, system designers and hardware manufacturers must look towards more complex technologies that can replace the gains in performance provided by transistor scaling.”

IonQ Performs First Quantum Simulation of a Water Molecule

Today IonQ announced that its quantum computer has achieved a critical milestone: simulating the water molecule with accuracy approaching what is needed for practical applications in the promising field of computational chemistry. “A manuscript released today describes how IonQ scientists calculated the energy of the water molecule in its lowest or natural state. The results from IonQ’s machine approached the precision a computer model would need to make an accurate chemical prediction, known as chemical accuracy.”

D-Wave previews Next-Gen Quantum Computing Platform

Today D-Wave Systems released a preview of its next-generation quantum computing platform incorporating hardware, software and tools to accelerate and ease the delivery of quantum computing applications. “Quantum computing is only as valuable as the applications customers can run,” said Alan Baratz, chief product officer, D-Wave. “With the next-generation platform, we are making investments in things like connectivity and hybrid software and tools to allow customers to solve even more complex problems at greater scale, bringing new emerging quantum applications to life.”