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D-Wave Launches Quadrant Business Unit for Machine Learning

Today D-Wave Systems launch its new Quadrant business unit, formed to provide machine learning services that make state-of-the-art deep learning accessible to companies across a wide range of industries and application areas. Quadrant’s algorithms enable accurate discriminative learning (predicting outputs from inputs) using less data by constructing generative models which jointly model both inputs and outputs. “Quadrant is a natural extension of the scientific and technological advances from D-Wave as we continue to explore new applications for our quantum systems.” 

Quantum Computing – Timing is Everything

Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Despite the incredible power of today’s supercomputers, there are many complex computing problems that can’t be addressed by conventional systems. While we are only at the beginning of this journey, quantum computing has the potential to help solve some of the most complex technical, scientific, national defense, and commercial problems that organizations face. We expect that quantum computing will lead to breakthroughs in science, engineering, modeling and simulation, healthcare, financial analysis, optimization, logistics, and national defense applications.”

Video: Quantum Computing and Quantum Supremacy at Google

John Martinis from Google presents: Quantum Computing and Quantum Supremacy. “The goal of the Google Quantum AI lab is to build a quantum computer that can be used to solve real-world problems. Our strategy is to explore near-term applications using systems that are forward compatible to a large-scale universal error-corrected quantum computer. In order for a quantum processor to be able to run algorithms beyond the scope of classical simulations, it requires not only a large number of qubits.”

Hyperion Research Posts Interactive Map of 765 U.S. HPC Sites

Today Hyperion Research launched an information-rich, interactive map of 765 HPC sites in the United States. “The mapped sites include government, academic and industrial HPC data centers, along with HPC vendors. This powerful tool can be used to identify the economic impact of HPC in a user-defined area (state, Congressional district, et al.) or for the United States as a whole, or to understand where HPC jobs are located, as well as who the Congressional district representatives are.”

Quantum Computing at NIST

Carl Williams from NIST gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “Quantum information science research at NIST explores ways to employ phenomena exclusive to the quantum world to measure, encode and process information for useful purposes, from powerful data encryption to computers that could solve problems intractable with classical computers.”

Exascale Computing for Long Term Design of Urban Systems

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Charlie Catlett from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago describes how extreme scale HPC will be required to better build Smart Cities. “Urbanization is a bigger set of challenges in the developing world than in the developed world, but it’s still a challenge for us in US and European cities and Japan.”

Atos Quantum Learning Machine can now simulate real Qubits

Researchers at the Atos Quantum Laboratory have successfully modeled ‘quantum noise’ and as a result, simulation is more realistic than ever before, and is closer to fulfilling researchers’ requirements. “We are thrilled by the remarkable progress that the Atos Quantum program has delivered as of today,” said Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos.

IBM brings in Startups to Accelerate Quantum Computing

Over at the IBM blog, Jeff Welser writes that nearly 100 startups, venture capitalists, and industry thought leaders are gathering today at the first IBM Q Summit Silicon Valley event. “IBM Q Summit attendees are gathering to discuss what to expect over the next five years and what it means to be “quantum ready.” The discussion will inevitably also center on the emerging role of the quantum developer and what that means for future application development.”

Video: Enabling Quantum Computing Over the Cloud

“Quantum computing has recently become a topic that has captured the minds and imagination of a much wider audience. Dr. Jerry Chow joined CloudFest to speak to the near future of quantum computing and insights into the IBM Q Experience, which since May 2016 has placed a rudimentary quantum computer on the Cloud for anyone and everyone to access.”

European Processor Initiative to develop chip for future supercomputers

Today the European Commission announced more details on the European Processor Initiative to co-design, develop and bring on the market a low-power microprocessor. “This technology, with drastically better performance and power, is one of the core elements needed for the development of the European Exascale machine. We expect to achieve unprecedented levels of performance at very low power, and EPI’s HPC and automotive industrial partners are already considering the EPI platform for their product roadmaps,” said Philippe Notton, the EPI General Manager.