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ISC 2019 Opens Today with Keynote and Release of TOP500 List

ISC 2019 opens today in Frankfurt. A total of over 3,500 attendees are expected at this year’s show, now in its 34th year. “Running through Thursday this week, the conference kicks off at 9:00 am on Monday, June 17 with a keynote and the announcement of the 53rd TOP500. Project co-founder Erich Strohmaier will present the highlights of the new rankings and discuss the latest trends.”

New Paper: Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing

Researchers at D-Wave Systems have published a new paper on Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing. “According to the paper, quantum annealing is the viable way forward to connect quantum hardware to real-world applications. Providing annealing-based QPUs as part of a complete computing platform within a declarative paradigm has made this nascent technology accessible for many users who, in turn, are helping to drive this approach forward.”

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to host EuroHPC processor technologies within its future Mare Norstrom 5 supercomputer. “Offering an heterogenous architecture, probably based on two big clusters with different characteristics, is BSC’s proposal to optimize both response times and energy use of the different works that the future supercomputer will have to compute. The details of this heterogenous architecture will be defined as the works of definition and the infrastructure tender progress.”

Video: The First Catalan Quantum Computer

Pol Forn from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre gave this talk at the BSC Annual Meeting. “QUANTIC is a joint venture between the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the University of Barcelona. The research directions are focused on performing quantum computation in a laboratory of superconducting quantum circuits and studying new applications for quantum processors.”

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. “At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented new findings around ONNs, including a proposal for how that original work could be extended in the face of real-world manufacturing constraints to bring nanophotonic neural network circuits one step closer to a practical reality.”

Big Compute Podcast Looks at Quantum Computing Today

In this Big Compute Podcast, Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems describes how quantum computing can be used to find optimal solutions in complex optimizations. “For decades quantum computers will be used in a hybrid mode with classical computers. So as a developer you don’t have to solve your complete problem. You can look at where the time is spent in computation and move those models to quantum computers. These modules may be optimized to be billions of times faster.”

IBM Q Network Expands to Drive Educational Opportunities in Quantum Computing

Today IBM announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities. The expanding academic network is designed to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business. “Today, IBM is announcing Florida State University, the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University, and the University of Tokyo will have direct access to IBM Q’s most-advanced commercially available quantum computing systems for teaching, and faculty and student research projects that advance quantum information science and explore early applications, as academic partners.”

Dr. Lin Gan Reflects on the SC19 Theme: HPC is Now

In this special guest feature from the SC19 Blog, Charity Plata from Brookhaven National Lab catches up with Dr. Lin Gan from Tsinghua University, who’s outstanding work in HPC has been recognized with a number of awards including the Gordon Bell Prize. As a highly awarded young researcher who already has been acknowledged for “outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions” in HPC, Gan shares his thoughts on future supercomputers and what it means to say, “HPC Is Now.”

DOE Extending Quantum Networks for Long Distance Entanglement

Scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and DOE’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) are collaborating on an experiment that puts U.S. quantum networking research on the international map. Researchers have built a quantum network testbed that connects several buildings on the Brookhaven Lab campus using unique portable quantum entanglement sources and an existing DOE ESnet communications fiber network—a significant step in building a large-scale quantum network that can transmit information over long distances.

A look inside the White House AI Initiative

In this special guest feature, SC19 General Chair Michela Taufer discusses with Lynne Parker, Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence at The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Parker describes her new role, share her insights on the state of AI in the US (and beyond), and opine on the future impact of HPC on the evolution of AI.