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DOE Announces $625 Million for New Quantum Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to spend up $625 million over the next five years to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative. “America continues to lead the world in QIS and emerging technologies because of our incredible innovation ecosystem. The National Quantum Initiative launched by the President, including these new research centers, leverages the combined strengths of academia, industry, and DOE laboratories to drive QIS breakthroughs,” said Chief Technology Officer of the United States Michael Kratsios.

SW/HW co-design for near-term quantum computing

Yunong Shi from the University of Chicago gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing provides intensive, two weeks of training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.”

Los Alamos National Laboratory joins IBM Q Network for quantum computing

Today Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that it is joining the cloud-based IBM Q Network as part of the Laboratory’s research initiative into quantum computing, including developing quantum computing algorithms, conducting research in quantum simulations, and developing education tools. “Joining the IBM Q Network will greatly help our research efforts in several directions, including developing and testing near-term quantum algorithms and formulating strategies for mitigating errors on quantum computers,” said Irene Qualters, associate laboratory director for Simulation and Computation at Los Alamos.

ORNL Researchers Develop Quantum Chemistry Simulation Benchmark

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a quantum chemistry simulation benchmark to evaluate the performance of quantum devices and guide the development of applications for future quantum computers. “This work is a critical step toward a universal benchmark to measure the performance of quantum computers, much like the LINPACK metric is used to judge the fastest classical computers in the world.”

IBM Doubles Quantum Volume with 28 Qubit Raleigh System

All qubits are not created equal. Over at the IBM Blog, Jerry Chow and Jay Gambetta write that the company’s new Raleigh 28-qubit quantum computer has achieved the company’s goal of doubling its Quantum Volume. The development marks a shift from experimentation towards building Quantum Computers with a systems approach.

Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

Delta Partners with IBM to Explore Quantum Computing

Today IBM and Delta Air Lines announced a multi-year collaborative effort to explore the potential capabilities of quantum computing to transform experiences for customers and employees. “Delta joins more than 100 clients already experimenting with commercial quantum computing solutions alongside classical computers from IBM to tackle problems like risk analytics and options pricing, advanced battery materials and structures, manufacturing optimization, chemical research, logistics and more.”

Podcast: The Overhype and Underestimation of Quantum Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how Quantum Computing is overhyped and underestimated at the same time. “The episode starts out with Henry being cranky. It also ends with Henry being cranky. But between those two events, we discuss quantum computing and Shahin’s trip to the Q2B quantum computing conference in San Jose.”

Sandia and LBNL to lead Quantum Information Edge Strategic Alliance

A nationwide alliance of national labs, universities, and industry launched today to advance the frontiers of quantum computing systems designed to solve urgent scientific challenges and maintain U.S. leadership in next-generation information technology. “The Quantum Information Edge will accelerate quantum R&D by simultaneously pursuing solutions across a broad range of science and technology areas, and integrating these efforts to build working quantum computing systems that benefit the nation and science.”

IBM Launches Quantum Computing Initiative for Japan

IBM and the University of Tokyo have announced an agreement to partner to advance quantum computing and make it practical for the benefit of industry, science and society. “Under the agreement, an IBM Q System One will be installed in an IBM facility in Japan. It will be the first installation of its kind in the region and only the third in the world following the United States and Germany. The Q System One will be used to advance research in quantum algorithms, applications and software, with the goal of developing the first practical applications of quantum computing.”