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SXSW Podcast: Quantum Computing – Science Fiction to Science Fact

In this podcast from from SXSW 2018, Antia Lamas-Linares from TACC moderates a panel discussion on quantum computing. “Imagine a new kind of computer that can quickly solve problems that would stump even the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Quantum computers are fundamentally different. They can store information as not only just ones and zeros, but in all the shades of gray in-between. Several companies and government agencies are investing billions of dollars in the field of quantum information. But what will quantum computers be used for?”

Radio Free HPC looks at the Quest for Quantum Supremacy

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the big three technologies of the day on the Hype curve. “This week Google unveiled their 72-Qbit Bristlecone Quantum Chip, which they claim has them on the road to Quantum Supremacy. At the same time, quantum seems to be going mainstream, as evidenced by a session this week at SXSW.”

TACC Podcast Previews SXSW Session on Quantum Computing

In this TACC Podcast, Antia Lamas-Linares of the Texas Advanced Computing Center gives us a preview of her session on Quantum Computing at the SXSW conference. “Imagine a new kind of computer that can quickly solve problems that would stump even the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Quantum computers are fundamentally different. They can store information as not only just ones and zeros, but in all the shades of gray in-between. Several companies and government agencies are investing billions of dollars in the field of quantum information. But what will quantum computers be used for?”

NSF Sponsors EPiQC ‘expedition’ for Practical Quantum Computing

University of Chicago computer scientists will lead a $10 million “expedition” into the burgeoning field of quantum computing, bringing applications of the nascent technology for computer science, physics, chemistry, and other fields at least a decade closer to practical use. Called EPiQC, the $10 million NSF ‘expedition’ for practical quantum computing is designed to help scientists realize the potential of quantum computing more rapidly.

Rigetti Computing Releases Forest 1.3 Quantum Software Platform

Rigetti Computing has released a new version of Forest, their quantum software platform. Forest 1.3 offers upgraded developer tools, improved stability, and faster execution. “Starting today, researchers using Forest will be upgraded to version 1.3, which provides better tools for optimizing and debugging quantum programs. The upgrade also provides greater stability in our quantum processor (QPU), which will let researchers run more powerful quantum programs. Forest is the easiest and most powerful way to build quantum applications today. We believe the combination of one of the most powerful gate-model quantum computers, cutting-edge classical hardware, and our unique hybrid classical/quantum architecture creates the clearest and shortest path toward the demonstration of unequivocal quantum advantage.”

D-Wave Completes Prototype of Next-Gen Quantum Processor

Today D-Wave Systems announced that the company has completed fabrication and testing of a working prototype next-generation processor, and the installation of a D-Wave 2000Q system for a customer. The prototype processor uses an advanced new architecture that will be the basis for D-Wave’s next-generation quantum processor. The D-Wave 2000Q system, the fourth generation of commercial products delivered by D-Wave, was installed at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab run by Google, NASA, and Universities Space Research Association.

Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

The GENESYS project applied Optalysys’s unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. “The collaboration with EI has been a great success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and CEO of Optalysys. “We have demonstrated the technology at several international conferences including Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, Plant and Animal Genome Conference and Genome 10K/Genome Science, to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with EI through the beta program and beyond.”

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

The Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced it Full Agenda and Keynote Speakers. The event takes place March 12-15 in Warsaw, Poland. “Supercomputing Frontiers is an annual international conference that provides a platform for thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss visionary ideas, important visionary trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing.”

Podcast: The Age of Quantum Computing is (Almost) Here

In this WSJ Podcast, scientists from the IBM’s T J Watson Research Center describe how quantum computing will enable a new age of scientific discovery. “Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information. Built on the principles of quantum mechanics, they exploit complex and fascinating laws of nature that are always there, but usually remain hidden from view. By harnessing such natural behavior, quantum computing can run new types of algorithms to process information more holistically.”

Lightmatter Startup funded to Accelerate AI with Optical Chip

Today and AI chip startup called Lightmatter announced that it has received $11 million in Series A funding to accelerate development of the industry’s first chip to leverage the unique properties of light to enable fast and efficient inference and training engines. “It is rare to see true innovation in the chip industry today, but Lightmatter has done it. The importance of this groundbreaking technology cannot be overstated,” said Stan Reiss. “The Lightmatter team has applied a major scientific discovery to dramatically increase the power of AI and its reach into our lives.”