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New Paper Surveys Micron’s Automata Processor

“Micron’s automata processor (AP) exploits massively parallel in-memory processing capability of DRAM for executing NFAs and hence, it can provide orders of magnitude performance improvement compared to traditional architectures. This paper presents a survey of techniques that propose architectural optimizations to AP and use it for accelerating problems from various application domains such as bioinformatics, data-mining, network security, natural language, high-energy physics, etc.”

Intel Labs Unveils Pohoiki Beach 64-Chip Neuromorphic System

At the DARPA ERI summit this week, Intel Labs director Rich Uhlig unveiled “Pohoiki Beach” – a 64-Loihi Chip Neuromorphic system capable of simulating eight million neurons. Now available to the broader research community, the Pohoiki Beach enables researchers to experiment with Intel’s brain-inspired research chip, Loihi, which applies the principles found in the biological brains to computer architectures. 

John Shalf from LBNL on Computing Challenges Beyond Moore’s Law

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe interviews John Shalf from LBNL on the development of digital computing in the post Moore’s law era. “In his keynote speech at the ISC conference in Frankfurt, Shalf described the lab-wide project at Berkeley and the DOE’s efforts to overcome these challenges through the development acceleration of the design of new computing technologies.”

Rigetti Computing acquires QxBranch for Quantum-powered Analytics

Today Rigetti Computing announced it has acquired QxBranch, a quantum computing and data analytics software startup. “Our mission is to deliver the power of quantum computing to our customers and help them solve difficult and valuable problems,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and C.E.O. of Rigetti Computing. “We believe we have the leading hardware platform, and QxBranch is the leader at the application layer. Together we can shorten the timeline to quantum advantage and open up new opportunities for our customers.”

IQM Startup in Finland Developing Fault-tolerant Quantum Processor

A new startup called IQM in Finland aims to drive disruptive advancements in quantum computing. A spinout from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, IQM is developing high-speed quantum processors to reduce the error rates currently limiting quantum computers. “IQM’s fault-tolerant quantum processor architecture will open the door for more powerful computationally intensive tasks. The talented team is set to enable a unique quantum cloud offering and ignite a stronger quantum software eco-system in Europe.”

Jülich Supercomputing Centre Announces Quantum Computing Research Partnership with Google

Today the Jülich Supercomputing Centre announced it is partnering with Google in the field of quantum computing research. The partnership will include joint research and expert trainings in the fields of quantum technologies and quantum algorithms and the mutual use of quantum hardware. “The German research center will operate and make publicly accessible a European quantum computer with 50 to 100 superconducting qubits, to be developed within the EU’s Quantum Flagship Program, a large-scale initiative in the field of quantum technologies funded at the 1 billion € level on a 10 years timescale.”

Flexibly Scalable High Performance Architectures with Embedded Photonics

Keren Bergman from Columbia University gave this talk at PASC19. “Data movement, dominated by energy costs and limited ‘chip-escape’ bandwidth densities, is a key physical layer roadblock to these systems’ scalability. Integrated silicon photonics with deeply embedded optical connectivity is on the cusp of enabling revolutionary data movement and extreme performance capabilities.”

Rigetti Computing Named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Today Rigetti Computing announced that the company has been named as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Rigetti Computing was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti, and has made its quantum computers available over the cloud since 2017. “Rigetti and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come.”

D-Wave Announces Largest-Ever Quantum Cloud-Access Contract

Today D-Wave Systems announced largest-ever global quantum cloud contract with Sigma-i, a company in Japan formed to optimize the world with quantum computing technologies. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access to the D-Wave 2000Q family of systems to companies, universities, and research laboratories throughout Japan. “This contract signals the ongoing growth of our cloud business and the increasing interest in quantum computing worldwide.”

D-Wave Releases of D-Wave Hybrid Workflow Platform to Open Source

Today D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of D-Wave Hybrid, a simple open-source hybrid workflow platform for building and running quantum-classical hybrid applications. “Most quantum computing projects we’ve worked on in the past have relied on a classical hybrid quantum-classical approach. The release of D-Wave Hybrid has allowed us to prototype these hybrid approaches much faster than before, and gives us the algorithmic control required to customize different parts to suit our needs.”