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@HPCpodcast: Google Cloud’s 9 Exaflop AI Supercomputer, Chip Price Hikes, HPC Helps Photograph a Black Hole in Our Galaxy and IBM’s Quantum Ambitions

@HPCpodcast was so pleased with our last episode, an extensive interview with the University of Tennessee’s (and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s) Jack Dongarra (our followers liked it too), that we decided to let that episode stand as a special, double podcast edition podcast. Now Shahin and Doug are back behind our mics talking about a raft of interesting news in the HPC/AI world, including what Google Cloud bills as the fastest AI supercomputer, price hikes on chips from TSMC and Samsung, the role of the Frontera supercomputer in the visualization of a black hole in our Milky Way galaxy and IBM’s ambitious and well-executed quantum computing roadmap.

IBM Quantum Promises 4,000-Qubit Processor in 2025, Envisions ‘Quantum-Centric Supercomputing’

At its Think 2022 conference this week, IBM declared its intent to deliver a 4,000+ qubit processor (“Kookaburra”) built with multiple clusters of scaled quantum computing processors. The updated quantum plan comes a year after IBM’s last roadmap announcement at Think 2021, in which IBM doubled down on delivering a 1,121-qubit processor by 2023.  Now […]

IBM to Install Quantum System in Quebec as Part of HPC-AI Partnership

Quebec, Canada –  The Government of Quebec and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a partnership involving quantum computing, AI, semiconductors and high-performance computing (HPC) through the launch of the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator. The new technology hub is focused on developing projects, facilities, collaborations and skills-building initiatives in such research areas as energy, life sciences and sustainability.    The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator will serve […]

Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

Quantum is in the news this week, with IBM today announcing new research on its “entanglement forging” simulation method and Multiverse Computing launching  a quantum-based method for financial institutions to calculate stock valuations. At IBM, “entanglement forging” creates a “remarkably accurate” simulation of a water molecule using half as many qubits on IBM’s 27-qubit Falcon […]

Yonsei Univ. to Bring IBM Quantum System One to Korea

SEOUL, November 16, 2021 — Today at the IBM Quantum Summit, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Yonsei University announced that Korea is expected to become the fourth country in the world to have an on-premises IBM Quantum System One after the United States, Germany, and Japan. The IBM Quantum System One at Yonsei is expected to be online in 2023 at […]

Strangeworks Launches Early Access to Qiskit Runtime from IBM Quantum

July 8, 2021 – Austin-based quantum computing software company Strangeworks has announced it’s the first IBM partner to offer early preview access to Qiskit Runtime, a new IBM Quantum service designed to streamline computations requiring multiple iterations. Access is available in the Strangeworks QC community platform and Strangeworks EQ enterprise platform. Qiskit Runtime, announced earlier this year, is […]

IBM Doubles Down on 1000+-Qubit Quantum in 2023

As expectation-setting goes in the technology industry, this is bold. At IBM’s annual Think conference, a senior systems executive reiterated the company’s intent to deliver a 1,121-qubit IBM Quantum Condor processor by 2023. In a video interview with theCUBE, technology publication SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, IBM GM of systems strategy and development for enterprise security, […]

Cambridge Quantum Reports Progress toward ‘Meaning Aware’ NLP

UK-based Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC), a quantum software and algorithm specialist, today released researcher papers on its use of quantum computing to develop intuitive, “meaning-aware” natural language processing (QNLP).

A focal point of artificial intelligence inquiry, NLP that is contextual, that comprehends emotion, nuance, even humor, is NLP’s most advanced and challenging form.