Primeur weekly 2019-07-08

Quantum computing

Leading European institutions partner with IBM to accelerate joint research and educational opportunities in quantum computing ...

Puzzling on a quantum chessboard ...

Simulating quantum systems with neural networks ...

Quantum - widening the net ...

Sigma-i and D-Wave announce largest-ever quantum Cloud-access contract ...

Rigetti Computing awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum ...

Accenture awarded second U.S. patent for quantum computing ...

Generation and sampling of quantum states of light in a silicon chip ...

Quantum technology R&D programme between Ben-Gurion University, IDF and US Defense Departments announced ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

Middleware

NEC server software enables advanced and secure login to websites in compliance with FIDO2 ...

Hardware

'Tsunami' on a silicon chip: a world first for light waves ...

Applications

Atos and GENCI announce winners of Atos Joseph Fourier Award 2019 ...

Baidu named development partner on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training ...

Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather ...

Using machine learning models to better predict bladder cancer stages ...

A data-driven journey to the center of the earth ...

Building a brain ...

Researchers cast neural nets to simulate molecular motion ...

Theoretical physicists unveil one of the most ubiquitous and elusive concepts in chemistry ...

The Cloud

Atos expands strategic partnership with Google Cloud to enable Oracle database customers to benefit from Google Cloud Platform ...

SDSC's Sherlock division debuts Innovation Accelerator Platforms ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: weekly - Issue: 2019-07-08

Quantum computing

IBM announced at the World Conference of Science Journalists the expansion of the IBM Q Network in Europe to include additional universities and an international research organisation. These institutions are collaborating with IBM Q to accelerate joint research in quantum computing and develop curricula to help train students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business. Read further...
Physicists at the University of Innsbruck are proposing a new model that could demonstrate the supremacy of quantum computers over classical supercomputers in solving optimization problems. In a recent paper, they demonstrate that just a few quantum particles would be sufficient to solve the mathematically difficult N-queens problem in chess even for large chess boards. Read further...
Even on the scale of everyday life, nature is governed by the laws of quantum physics. These laws explain common phenomena like light, sound, heat, or even the trajectories of balls on a pool table. But when applied to a large number of interacting particles, the laws of quantum physics actually predict a variety of phenomena that defy intuition. Read further...
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) studying quantum communications have discovered a more practical way to share secret messages among three parties, which could ultimately lead to better cybersecurity for the electric grid and other energy assets. Read further...
Sigma-i Co. Ltd., a company formed to optimize the world with quantum computing technologies, and D-Wave Systems Inc., an expert in quantum computing systems, software and services, have signed the largest-ever global quantum Cloud contract. Sigma-i will offer quantum consulting services and access to the D-Wave 2000Q family of systems via D-Wave's quantum Cloud service, Leap, to companies, universities and research laboratories throughout Japan. Read further...
Rigetti Computing, a Berkeley, California-based start-up building quantum computers, was selected among hundreds of candidates 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. Read further...
Accenture has been granted a US patent for a "quantum computing machine learning module" that trains artificial intelligence (AI) models to determine when and how computational tasks would be best handled by quantum computing versus classical computing methods, and route them to the appropriate option. In doing so, it could help organisations understand where quantum computing can have the most impact within their businesses, and when classical computing may still be the best option for a given task. Read further...
Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have found a promising new way to build the next generation of quantum simulators combining light and silicon micro-chips. Read further...
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is pursuing joint research and development programmes to advance quantum technology together with the Israel Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, as well as the high-tech industry in Israel and around the world. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has published a new edition of the e-IRG Magazine. And the word "new" should be taken seriously since the Magazine has been restyled. Readers will get a whole new experience when browsing the e-IRG Magazine. The Spring edition is now available for download. Read further...

Middleware

NEC Corporation has made available its enhanced NC7000-3A server software, which will enable simple, secure and swift authentication of users for access to websites and mobile applications through biometric authentication. In addition, NEC is also releasing SDK-based voice authentication that accurately identifies users by extracting the unique characteristics of their voices when they speak predetermined phrases. The FIDO2-compliant server software and updated SDKs are scheduled to be available in July and August 2019 respectively. Read further...

Hardware

A tsunami holds its wave shape over very long distances across the ocean, retaining its power and 'information' far from its source. In communications science, retaining information in an optic fibre that spans continents is vital. Ideally, this requires the manipulation of light in silicon chips at the source and reception end of the fibre without altering the wave shape of the photonic packet of information. Doing so has eluded scientists until now. Read further...

Applications

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, together with GENCI - Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif, has announced the winners of its scientific competition, the Atos Joseph Fourier Award 2019. The award aims to accelerate research and innovation by rewarding projects in the fields of numerical simulation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read further...
At the Baidu Create AI developer conference in Beijing, Intel Corporate Vice President Naveen Rao announced that Baidu is collaborating with Intel on development of the new Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training (NNP-T). The collaboration involves the hardware and software designs of the new custom accelerator with one purpose - training deep learning models at lightning speed. Read further...
When forecasting weather, meteorologists use a number of models and data sources to track shapes and movements of clouds that could indicate severe storms. However, with increasingly expanding weather data sets and looming deadlines, it is nearly impossible for them to monitor all storm formations - especially smaller-scale ones - in real time. Read further...
The invasive and expensive diagnosis process of bladder cancer, which is one of the most common and aggressive cancers in the United States, may be soon helped by a novel non-invasive diagnostic method thanks to advances in machine learning research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and CureMatch Incorporated. Read further...
In December 2012, geologist, Jeroen Tromp of Princeton University, visited the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Jeroen Tromp came to the OLCF with an ambitious proposal for imaging the planet in a new way that brought together massive earthquake datasets, advanced numerical algorithms, and modern high-performance computing to produce high-resolution, 3D images of the entire globe - from the surface to the core-mantle boundary. Read further...
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are taking inspiration from neural networks to create computers that mimic the human brain - a quickly growing field known as neuromorphic computing. Read further...
New work from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida is showing that artificial neural nets can be trained to encode quantum mechanical laws to describe the motions of molecules, supercharging simulations potentially across a broad range of fields. Read further...
Even if we study them at school, oxidation numbers have so far eluded any rigorous quantum mechanical definition. A new SISSA study, published inNature Physics, provides such a definition, based on the theory of topological quantum numbers, honored with the 2016 Nobel prize in Physics. This result paves the way to an accurate, yet tractable, numerical simulation of a broad class of materials that are important in energy-related technologies and planetary sciences. Read further...

The Cloud

Atos, a global expert in digital transformation, strengthens its strategic partnership with Google Cloud with two high-performance regional extensions of existing Google Cloud data centres in Frankfurt, Germany and Ashburn, Virginia in North America, to support Oracle database customers. These two regional extensions will be equipped with Atos' high-performance BullSequana S servers and will enable Oracle database customers to run their workloads efficiently and effectively and benefit from Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Read further...
The Sherlock Division at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has launched Innovation Accelerator Platforms within its Sherlock Cloud infrastructure and its newest offering, Vyloc Cloud. These turn-key solutions provide quick access to on-demand, elastic, fit-for-use data platforms for secure processing, visualization, and storage of a wide range of data. Read further...

Primeur weekly 2019-07-08

Quantum computing

Leading European institutions partner with IBM to accelerate joint research and educational opportunities in quantum computing ...

Puzzling on a quantum chessboard ...

Simulating quantum systems with neural networks ...

Quantum - widening the net ...

Sigma-i and D-Wave announce largest-ever quantum Cloud-access contract ...

Rigetti Computing awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum ...

Accenture awarded second U.S. patent for quantum computing ...

Generation and sampling of quantum states of light in a silicon chip ...

Quantum technology R&D programme between Ben-Gurion University, IDF and US Defense Departments announced ...

Focus on Europe

Spring 2019 edition of the e-IRG Magazine available ...

Middleware

NEC server software enables advanced and secure login to websites in compliance with FIDO2 ...

Hardware

'Tsunami' on a silicon chip: a world first for light waves ...

Applications

Atos and GENCI announce winners of Atos Joseph Fourier Award 2019 ...

Baidu named development partner on Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training ...

Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather ...

Using machine learning models to better predict bladder cancer stages ...

A data-driven journey to the center of the earth ...

Building a brain ...

Researchers cast neural nets to simulate molecular motion ...

Theoretical physicists unveil one of the most ubiquitous and elusive concepts in chemistry ...

The Cloud

Atos expands strategic partnership with Google Cloud to enable Oracle database customers to benefit from Google Cloud Platform ...

SDSC's Sherlock division debuts Innovation Accelerator Platforms ...