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D-Wave Lands $50M Funding for Next Generation Quantum Computers

Today D-Wave Systems announced that it has received up to $50 Million in funding from PSP Investments. This facility brings D-Wave’s total funding to approximately US$200 million. The new capital is expected to enable D-Wave to deploy its next-generation quantum computing system with more densely-connected qubits, as well as platforms and products for machine learning applications. “This commitment from PSP Investments is a strong validation of D-Wave’s leadership in quantum computing,” said Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave. “While other organizations are researching quantum computing and building small prototypes in the lab, the support of our customers and investors enables us to deliver quantum computing technology for real-world applications today. In fact, we’ve already demonstrated practical uses of quantum computing with innovative companies like Volkswagen. This new investment provides a solid base as we build the next generation of our technology.”

Fujitsu and 1QBit Collaborate on Quantum-Inspired AI Cloud Service

Today Fujitsu and 1QB Information Technologies Inc. announced that they are collaborating on quantum-inspired technology in the field of artificial intelligence, focusing on the areas of combinatorial optimization and machine learning. The companies will work together in both the Japanese and global markets to develop applications which address industry problems using AI developed for use with quantum computers.

European Exascale System Interconnect & Storage

“The project, called ExaNeSt, is based on ARM processors, originally developed for mobile and embedded applications. Where ExaNeSt differs from Mont Blanc, however, is a focus on networking and on the design of applications. ExaNeSt is co-designing the hardware and software, enabling the prototype to run real-life evaluations – facilitating a stable, scalable platform that will be used to encourage the development of HPC applications for use on this ARM based supercomputing architecture.”

Panel Discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC

In this video from the HPC User Forum, Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research moderates a panel discussion on Disruptive Technologies for HPC. “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances. The term was defined and phenomenon analyzed by Clayton M. Christensen beginning in 1995.”

The Computer That Could Be Smarter than Us – Cognitive Computing

Ingolf Wittmann from IBM presented this talk for the Switzerland HPC Conference. “This presentation will point out based on real examples how HPC environments can benefit from such solutions and technologies to drive cognitive solutions, machine/deep learning where we can ask ourselves, ‘What will be possible in the near future – can the future computers be smarter than humans?”

Rock Stars of HPC: John Stone

This Rock Stars of HPC series is about the men and women who are changing the way the HPC community develops, deploys, and operates the supercomputers and social and economic impact of their discoveries. “As the lead developer of the VMD molecular visualization and analysis tool, John Stone’s code is used by more than 100,000 researchers around the world. He’s also a CUDA Fellow, helping to bring HPC to the masses with accelerated computing. In this way and many others, John Stone is certainly one of the Rock Stars of HPC.”

Rambus Collaborates with Microsoft on Cryogenic Memory

“With the increasing challenges in conventional approaches to improving memory capacity and power efficiency, our early research indicates that a significant change in the operating temperature of DRAM using cryogenic techniques may become essential in future memory systems,” said Dr. Gary Bronner, vice president of Rambus Labs. “Our strategic partnership with Microsoft has enabled us to identify new architectural models as we strive to develop systems utilizing cryogenic memory. The expansion of this collaboration will lead to new applications in high-performance supercomputers and quantum computers.”

Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing Raises $64 Million in Funding

Today Rigetti Computing, a leading quantum computing start-up, announced it has raised $64 million in Series A and B funding. “Quantum computing will enable people to tackle a whole new set of problems that were previously unsolvable,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and chief executive officer of Rigetti Computing. “This is the next generation of advanced computing technology. The potential to make a positive impact on humanity is enormous.”

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

ARM has taken a step into the artificial intelligence market with the announcement of a new micro-architecture – DynamIQ – specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI). “DynamIQ technology is a monumental shift in multi-core microarchitecture for the industry and the foundation for future ARM Cortex-A processors. The flexibility and versatility of DynamIQ will redefine the multi-core experience across a greater range of devices from edge to cloud across a secure, common platform.”

Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab to Install D-Wave 2000Q System

Today D-Wave Systems announced that Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have elected to upgrade to the new D-Wave 2000Q system. The upgraded system will support research on how quantum computing can be applied to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and difficult optimization problems. The new system will be the third generation of D-Wave technology installed at Ames,” said D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell. “We are pleased that Google, NASA, and USRA value the increased performance embodied in our latest generation of technology, the D-Wave 2000Q system, for their critical applications.”