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Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable (and worth going back and watching, if you missed them). Among the topics covered: The convergence of the Top500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, the emerging earmarks of machine learning HPC workloads and the validity of supercomputing predictions made at SC in 2006 over against predictions for 2035.

Where to Go and What to Do at Virtual SC20: These HPC Experts Give Guidance

As you plan for next week’s Virtual SC20, we thought it would be helpful to ask four HPC industry experts for guidance regarding the sessions, trends, news and other highlights worthy of your attention coming out of what one of our panelists, Dr. Thomas Sterling of the University of Indiana (and of Beowulf cluster pioneering fame), described as “a diverse and rich” program agenda.

IQM Quantum Raises €39M in Series A Funding

Espoo, Finland, 10th November 2020 – IQM Quantum Computers (IQM), a European builder of superconducting quantum computers, today announced that it has raised €39M in Series A funding, bringing the total amount of funding raised to date to €71M. MIG Fonds has led this round, with participation from all existing investors including Tesi, OpenOcean, Maki.vc, […]

ColdQuanta Raises $32M in Series A Funding

Boulder, Colorado – November 5, 2020 – ColdQuanta, the quantum atomics company, today announced it has raised $32M in Series A funding, with additional funding expected to close soon. The round was co-led by Global Frontier Investments and LCP Quantum Partners, with current investor Maverick Ventures and new investor Foundry Group also participating. The funding […]

Optical I/O Specialist Ayar Labs Secures $35 Million in Series B Funding

Santa Clara, Calif.– Nov. 5, 2020 –Ayar Labs has announced the completion of a $35M Series B financing co-led by Downing Ventures and BlueSky Capital. New investors include Applied Ventures, LLC, Castor Ventures, Downing Ventures (U.K.), and SGInnovate (Singapore), expanding Ayar Labs’ investor base with strategic ecosystem and global investors. Existing investor participation includes BlueSky […]

Child’s Play: Kids Book Author Named Q-CTRL Quantum Education Advisor

Call it counterintuitive reverse psychology. Q-CTRL, a startup that applies control engineering to quantum technology development, today announced that its newly hired quantum education advisor is – surprisingly enough – a children’s book writer. Perhaps Chris Ferrie’s approach will prove effective for investors, IT strategists and marketing managers who are required to deal with quantum […]

Cambridge Quantum Computing Joins Companies with Access to Honeywell’s Newly Launched Quantum Computer

Cambridge, UK, Nov. 4, 2020 – Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) today announced an agreement with Honeywell Quantum Solutions establishing access to Honeywell’s recently announced premium quantum computer – the System Model H1. Featuring Honeywell’s quantum charge-coupled device (QCCD) trapped ion technology, the System Model H1 offers 10 fully connected qubits and a proven quantum volume of 128 – […]

Quantum Science: ORNL Researchers Talk about Exploring ‘Subatomic Weirdness’

Check out Oak Ridge National Lab’s latest Sounds of Science podcast in which ORNL researchers discuss what they hope to accomplish with quantum computing. As ORNL states in its introduction to this episode: “Quantum mechanics. Does the term alone make your brain hurt a little? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a very complex branch […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: NERSC’s Jeff Broughton on the End of the Top500 and Exascale Begetting Petaflops in a Rack

NERSC’s Jeff Broughton career extends back to HPC ancient times (1979) when, fresh out of college, he was promoted to a project management role at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – a big job for a young man. Broughton has taken on big jobs in the ensuing 40 years. In this interview, he talks about such […]

SC20: IDEAS Productivity Team Announces Software Events

The IDEAS Productivity Team and others in the HPC community are organizing software-related events at SC20, Nov. 9-19. IDEAS is a family of projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy addressing challenges in HPC software development productivity and software sustainability in computational science and engineering. One of them, IDEAS-ECP, is supported by DOE’s Exascale Computing Project to […]