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Primeur weekly 2019-01-07

Focus

What has EuroHPC in store for 2019? ...

Crowd computing

Nerdalize to announce bankruptcy ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu launches next generation Quantum-Inspired Digital Annealer Service ...

Accenture awarded US patent for combining classical and quantum computing with potential to address previously unsolvable business problems ...

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Hybrid qubits solve key hurdle to quantum computing ...

Quantum Maxwell's demon 'teleports' entropy out of a qubit ...

Focus on Europe

Atos unveils modern and energy-efficient data centre with Yvelines departmental Council, positioning region as global technical hub ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich gets 36 million euro from German federal and state governments for computers of the future ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies names Doug Ahrens as Chief Financial Officer ...

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer still going strong more than three years later ...

Solarflare leads the way in making flash drive networking simple and scalable ...

Applications

Engine of cosmic evolution: Eve Ostriker looks under the hood ...

Atos reveals the 15 shortlisted teams of the 2019 Atos IT Challenge dedicated to Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability ...

Physicists record 'lifetime' of graphene qubits ...

Researchers monitor electron behaviour during chemical reactions for the first time ...

UK aid will be even quicker and smarter in 2019 ...

Four new eScience collaborations to start in 2019 ...

Research Data Netherlands to announce winners Dutch Data Prize 2018 ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge provides a platform for international youth science and technology exchange ...

The Cloud

WekaIO achieves Amazon Web Services Storage Competency status for Primary Storage ...

Supermicro establishes new facility to optimize Cloud solutions with Intel in Europe ...

Supermicro report highlights environmental impact of today's Cloud-scale data centres ...

Accenture awarded US patent for combining classical and quantum computing with potential to address previously unsolvable business problems

19 Dec 2018 New York - Accenture has been granted a US patent for a "multi-state quantum optimization engine" that leverages quantum computing technology to help organisations optimize business decision making with unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness.

Quantum computing has the potential to solve complex business problems millions of times faster than classical computing by leveraging the properties of quantum physics to process multiple computing tasks in parallel. Accenture's new patent - U.S. Patent No. 10,095,981 - reveals how businesses could take advantage of the best aspects of both classical and quantum computing techniques to enable breakthrough solutions to problems that couldn’t be solved before.

Accenture's patent describes an optimization engine that helps organisations identify a broader range of solutions to business challenges. By running multiple simulations at the same time, the optimal outcome can be identified, improving business decision-making and operational efficiency. For example:

  • Discovering new, potentially life-saving therapies for diseases requires pharmaceutical companies to process millions of chemical formulations and it can take decades to find a breakthrough. The solution described in the patent could be used to help drug companies explore exponentially more combinations based on past experiences, ultimately speeding the time it takes to bring new treatments to market. This capability could also help expedite rational drug design, which is the process of developing new medications based on the known structures and functions of a specific molecule.
  • For large-scale supply chain distributors, the challenge of deciding which trucks should go to which distribution centres to pick up what cargo to bring to which stores can be addressed for one or two carefully specified, and often simplified, scenarios using current solutions. With the solution described in the patent, a distributor could explore significantly more scenarios, asking and answering new and different kinds of questions to better understand the implications of adjusting the number of trucks or frequency of deliveries so an optimal decision can be made.

"We recognize the significant potential that quantum computing has to fundamentally disrupt how organisations across industries operate, and we're committed to actively helping to shape the future for how it's applied to create business value", stated Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer. "Our quantum computing optimization engine patent is the latest example of how we're strategically investing in and harnessing this technology to deliver tangible results."

The patent is one of the most recent in Accenture's robust global intellectual property portfolio and builds on years of quantum investments, partnerships and R&D efforts. For example, earlier in 2018 Accenture joined a worldwide community of partners working to advance quantum computing, enabling Accenture to rapidly scale its quantum programmes and better connect with organisations that are pushing the boundaries in this field. In 2017 Accenture entered into a strategic alliance with 1QBit, a quantum computing firm, and the two collaborated with Biogen to develop a first-of-its-kind quantum-enabled molecular comparison application to exponentially speed up drug discovery.

"In rapidly shifting markets, companies need to be able to predict their next best action both quickly and precisely", stated Narendra Mulani, chief analytics officer, Accenture Applied Intelligence. "Integrating both classical and quantum computing devices could allow organisations to run simulations at a massive scale to determine best possible outcomes. It’s a truly visionary concept - clients can apply it to solving optimization tasks from a wide range of applications, such as machine learning, information security, pattern recognition, image analysis, and bioinformatics."

The patent for the multi-state quantum optimization engine was co-invented by Andy Fano, managing director at Accenture Labs; Dan Garrison, managing director at Accenture Digital; and Jurgen Weichenberger, managing director at Accenture Applied Intelligence.

Source: Accenture

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-01-07

Focus

What has EuroHPC in store for 2019? ...

Crowd computing

Nerdalize to announce bankruptcy ...

Quantum computing

Fujitsu launches next generation Quantum-Inspired Digital Annealer Service ...

Accenture awarded US patent for combining classical and quantum computing with potential to address previously unsolvable business problems ...

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers ...

Hybrid qubits solve key hurdle to quantum computing ...

Quantum Maxwell's demon 'teleports' entropy out of a qubit ...

Focus on Europe

Atos unveils modern and energy-efficient data centre with Yvelines departmental Council, positioning region as global technical hub ...

Forschungszentrum Jülich gets 36 million euro from German federal and state governments for computers of the future ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies names Doug Ahrens as Chief Financial Officer ...

SDSC's Trestles supercomputer still going strong more than three years later ...

Solarflare leads the way in making flash drive networking simple and scalable ...

Applications

Engine of cosmic evolution: Eve Ostriker looks under the hood ...

Atos reveals the 15 shortlisted teams of the 2019 Atos IT Challenge dedicated to Artificial Intelligence for Sustainability ...

Physicists record 'lifetime' of graphene qubits ...

Researchers monitor electron behaviour during chemical reactions for the first time ...

UK aid will be even quicker and smarter in 2019 ...

Four new eScience collaborations to start in 2019 ...

Research Data Netherlands to announce winners Dutch Data Prize 2018 ...

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge provides a platform for international youth science and technology exchange ...

The Cloud

WekaIO achieves Amazon Web Services Storage Competency status for Primary Storage ...

Supermicro establishes new facility to optimize Cloud solutions with Intel in Europe ...

Supermicro report highlights environmental impact of today's Cloud-scale data centres ...