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Seeking Seed Money? Creative Destruction Lab offers Incubator Streams for Quantum, Blockchain, and Ai

The Creative Destruction Lab is now accepting applications for their 2019 Quantum Machine Learning and Blockchain-AI Incubator Streams. As a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies, the mission of the CDL is to enhance the prosperity of humankind. “The CDL Blockchain-AI Incubator Stream is a 10-month incubator program which gives blockchain founders personalized mentorship from blockchain thought leaders, successful tech entrepreneurs, scientists, economists and venture capitalists. Founders are also eligible for up to US$100K in investment, in exchange for equity.”

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Koen Bertels from Delft University of Technology gave this talk at HiPEAC 2019. “In my talk, I will introduce what quantum computers are but also how they can be used as a quantum accelerator. I will discuss why a quantum computer can be more powerful than any classical computer and what the components are of its system architecture. In this context, I will talk about our current research topics on quantum computing, what the main challenges are and what is available to our community.”

IBM Research Ai Hardware Center to Drive Next-Generation AI Chips

Today IBM announced an ambitious plan to create a global research hub to develop next-generation AI hardware and expand their joint research efforts in nanotechnology. As part of a $3 billion commitment, the IBM Research AI Hardware Center will be the nucleus of a new ecosystem of research and commercial partners collaborating with IBM researchers to further accelerate the development of AI-optimized hardware innovations.

Stanford HPC Conference: Innovating the Way to the Future

In this special guest feature, Cydney Ewald Stevens from the HPC Ai Advisory Council writes that the Stanford HPC Conference will focus using technology to build a better world. “AI and HPC practitioners share passions for cutting-edge technology and breakthrough R&D at Stanford University next week at the ninth annual Stanford Conference. The two-day conference will bring leaders from academia, government and industry together to share first-hand insights on innovative research, techniques, tools and technologies that are fueling economies, productivity and progress globally.”

Atos to Deploy Quantum Learning Machine at STFC Hartree Centre

Today Atos announced that the Hartree Centre will soon become the home of the first Atos Quantum Learning Machine in the UK. “We’re thrilled to be enabling UK companies to explore and prepare for the future of quantum computing,” said Alison Kennedy, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre. “This collaboration will build on our growing expertise in this exciting area of computing and result in more resilient technology solutions being developed for industry.”

Video: TensorFlow for HPC?

In this podcast, Peter Braam looks at how TensorFlow framework could be used to accelerate high performance computing. “Google has developed TensorFlow, a truly complete platform for ML. The performance of the platform is amazing, and it begs the question if it will be useful for HPC in a similar manner that GPU’s heralded a revolution.”

Sandia steps up to New Quantum Computing Projects

Sandia National Laboratories researchers are looking to shape the future of computing through a series of quantum information science projects. As part of the work, they will collaborate to design and develop a new quantum computer that will use trapped atomic ion technology. “Quantum information science represents the next frontier in the information age,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry this fall when he announced $218 million in DOE funding for the research.

Agenda Posted: April HPC User Forum in Santa Fe

Hyperion Research has posted the Speaker Agenda for the HPC User Forum, which takes place April 1-3 in Santa Fe. “Key topics will include updates from senior officials on America’s Exascale Computing Project, Japan and the EuroHPC exascale initiative, along with using clouds for HPC workloads, metadata and archiving, STEM education, HPDA-AI, and quantum computing.”

Podcast: Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

In this episode of Radio Free HPC, Dan, Henry, and Shahin start with a spirited discussion about IBM’s recent announcement of a “crowd sourced weather prediction application.” Henry was dubious as to whether Big Blue could get access to the data they need in order to truly put out a valuable product. Dan had questions about the value of the crowd sourced data and how it could be scrubbed in order to be useful. Shahin was pretty favorable towards IBM’s plans and believes that they will solve the problems that Henry and Dan raised.

Reflections on HPC Past, Present, and Future

In this special guest feature, Joe Landman from Scalability.org looks at technology trends that are driving High Performance Computing. “HPC has been moving relentlessly downmarket. Each wave of its motion has a destructive impact upon the old order, and opens up the market wider to more people. All the while growing the market.”