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IonQ Joins Azure Quantum Ecosystem

This week IonQ launched the new Azure Quantum ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft at the annual Ignite conference. Azure Quantum is a full-stack, open cloud ecosystem that will make IonQ’s quantum computers, based on trapped ions, commercially available via the cloud, allowing users to leverage IonQ’s unique approach to quantum computing. “IonQ brings a unique approach to quantum computing with tremendous potential,” said Krysta Svore, General Manager of Quantum Systems at Microsoft. “This partnership brings world-class quantum computing capabilities to Azure Quantum, and we’re excited to continue working together to realize the full benefits of quantum computers.”

Quantum Computing: The Why and How

Jonathan Baker from the University of Chicago gave this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Jonathan is studying quantum architectures, specifically how to map quantum algorithms more efficiently to near term devices. Additionally, he is interested in multivalued logic and taking advantage of quantum computing’s natural access to higher order states and using these states to make computation more efficient.”

D-Wave Announces First European Leap Quantum Cloud Site at Jülich

Today D-Wave Systems announced that it will house its first European Leap quantum cloud-based system outside of North America at the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Germany. The system marks the cornerstone of the new Jülich UNified Infrastructure for Quantum computing (JUNIQ) lab designed to offer practically usable quantum computers to researchers in Germany and throughout Europe.

Google and NASA Achieve Quantum Supremacy

Today Google officially announced that it has achieved a major computing milestone. In partnership with NASA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the company has demonstrated the ability to compute in seconds what would take even the largest and most advanced supercomputers thousands of years, achieving a milestone known as quantum supremacy. “Achieving quantum supremacy means we’ve been able to do one thing faster, not everything faster,” said Eleanor Rieffel, co-author on the paper.

Fujitsu installs Quantum-Inspired Computing Digital Annealer in Singapore

Today Fujitsu launched of the Digital Platform Experimentation Project in Singapore. In cooperation with A*STAR and SMU, the Project marks the world’s 1st on-premises installation of the Fujitsu Quantum-Inspired Computing Digital Annealer. “The Digital Annealer will play an important role in this initiative by allowing the partners to explore novel problem-solving approaches and methodologies for a wide variety of potential real-world applications. Use cases to date include portfolio optimization, drug discovery, factory optimization, inventory management, and digital marketing.”

ColdQuanta to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of Quantum Atomic Systems

Today ColdQuanta announced it has been awarded $1M from NASA’s Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program. The program will enable ColdQuanta to develop significantly smaller cold atom systems with a high level of ruggedness. This award expands on the success of ColdQuanta’s Quantum Core technology which was developed with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently operating aboard the International Space Station.

Q-CTRL Software to power Bleximo Quantum Accelerators for Business Computing

Today quantum startup Q-CTRL announced a global partnership to power superconducting ‘quantum accelerators’ from Bleximo, a full-stack quantum computing startup based in Berkeley, Calif. With the agreement, Q-CTRL will deliver software tools to the Bleximo team and serve as the preferred provider of ‘quantum firmware’ for quantum computing systems that Bleximo brings to market. “Our combined solutions will help speed the development and usefulness of quantum computing for a variety of industrial applications.”

ExaNoDe Builds Groundbreaking 3D prototype of Compute Element for Exascale

Today the European ExaNoDe project announced it has built a groundbreaking compute node prototype paving the way to exascale. “In the ExaNoDe project, we have built a complete prototype that integrates multiple core technologies: a 3D active interposer with chiplets, Arm cores with FPGA acceleration, a global address space, high-performance and productive programming environment, which will enable European technology to satisfy the requirements of exascale HPC.”

Podcast: Quantum Supremacy? Yes and No!

In this podcast, the RadioFreeHPC team discusses the Google/NASA paper, titled “Quantum Supremacy Using a Programmable Superconducting Processor”, that was published and then unpublished. “The tantalizing promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space.”

Quantum Computing for the 21st Century

Brian Eccles from IBM gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “IBM Q is the trusted partner to help you start your quantum journey and prepare for the era of quantum advantage. Discover early use cases, equip your organization with practical quantum skills, and access world-class expertise and technology to advance the field of quantum computing.”