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Primeur weekly 2020-01-06

Focus

The LUMI supercomputer is not just a very fast supercomputer, it is first of all a competence development platform - Interview with Kimmo Koski, CSC, Finland ...

Quantum computing

ORNL researchers advance performance benchmark for quantum computers ...

In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship ...

The Quantum Information Edge launches to accelerate quantum computing R&D ...

Focus on Europe

The coolest LEGO in the universe ...

Middleware

BP looks to ORNL and ADIOS to help rein in data ...

Hardware

New year brings new directory structure for OLCF's high-performance storage system ...

GIGABYTE brings AI, Cloud solutions and smart applications to CES 2020 to enable future today ...

During its final hours of operation, the Titan supercomputer simulated the birth of supernovae ...

Big iron afterlife: How ORNL's Titan supercomputer was recycled ...

Applications

Stanford researchers build a particle accelerator that fits on a chip ...

Brain-like functions emerging in a metallic nanowire network ...

Award-winning engineer helps keep US nuclear deterrent safe from radiation ...

New algorithm could mean more efficient, accurate equipment for Army ...

Paul Ginsparg named winner of the 2020 AIP Karl Compton Medal ...

'Super' simulations offer fresh insight into serotonin receptors ...

Researchers accelerate plasma turbulence simulations on Oak Ridge supercomputers to improve fusion design models ...

The Quantum Information Edge launches to accelerate quantum computing R&D

20 Dec 2019 Berkeley - A nationwide alliance of national labs, universities, and industry has launched to advance the frontiers of quantum computing systems designed to solve urgent scientific challenges and maintain US leadership in next-generation information technology. The Quantum Information Edge strategic alliance is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Quantum Information Edge strategic alliance is led by two of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. The alliance also includes experts from the University of Maryland, Duke University, Harvard University, University of Colorado Boulder, UC Berkeley, Caltech, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of New Mexico.

This partnership brings together an unprecedented breadth of world-leading expertise and capabilities in computer science, materials science, physics, mathematics, and engineering to pioneer practical advances in quantum systems.

The alliance will identify the most impactful scientific applications that stand to benefit from quantum computing and engineer the hardware and software systems to run these applications. Using advanced hardware including superconducting circuits and naturally occurring atomic systems, the alliance will explore ways to achieve practical quantum advantage - meaning the systems can outperform state-of-the-art classical methods for important scientific and engineering problems.

The team will also help grow the workforce needed to keep the nation at the forefront of quantum information science for years to come, share its advances with the broader scientific community to drive the innovation ecosystem, and work with industry to translate promising technologies into real-world applications.

"We are at the threshold of significant advances in quantum information science. To break new ground, 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", stated Irfan Siddiqi, director of Berkeley Lab's Advanced Quantum Testbed and a faculty scientist in the Lab's Computational Research and Materials Sciences divisions.

"Through collaboration and innovation focused on tangible technology demonstrations, The Quantum Information Edge will amplify the return-on-investment of quantum research within the U.S. by accelerating progress toward achieving practical quantum computing systems", stated Scott Collis, director of Computing Research at Sandia.

The alliance's work on programmable quantum systems has the potential to solve scientific problems that are far beyond the reach of today's machines, in areas such as information processing, simulations, and metrology. It could transform the design of solar cells, new materials, pharmaceuticals, agricultural fertilizers, and probe the mysteries of physics and the universe, among many applications.

To make this a reality, the alliance will advance quantum information systems using several hardware approaches, including superconducting, trapped ion, and trapped atom quantum bits (or qubits). The alliance will explore how to suppress noise and errors in multi-qubit quantum processors, which severely degrade system performance, develop new computing algorithms to control qubits, and engineer new techniques to fabricate, control, and interconnect qubits. Theoretical computer scientists, physicists, engineers, and chemists will help understand how best to apply these systems to important scientific problems.

"The quantum processors developed by The Quantum Information Edge will explore the mysterious properties of complex quantum systems in ways never before possible, opening unprecedented opportunities for scientific discovery while also posing new challenges. Our world-class theory team, working closely with the hardware builders, will exploit this powerful technology to advance the frontiers of the physical and computational sciences", stated John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology.

"We will continually build and use full quantum systems, not just the components, to forge new scientific opportunities in information processing that are not possible in conventional research programmes", stated Christopher Monroe, Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.

"By developing and applying programmable quantum information systems, we hope to define a new frontier at the cutting edge of science and engineering. These efforts have a great potential for scientific discoveries and for identifying the first useful applications of quantum machines", stated Mikhail Lukin, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard and a co-Director of Harvard Quantum Initiative.

"The broad scope of quantum information science and technology demands responses from a diverse set of research groups who will coordinate their scientific visions and technologies to identify and solve practical problems, bring unforeseen benefits, and uncover scientific secrets", stated Jun Ye, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and a fellow of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2020-01-06

Focus

The LUMI supercomputer is not just a very fast supercomputer, it is first of all a competence development platform - Interview with Kimmo Koski, CSC, Finland ...

Quantum computing

ORNL researchers advance performance benchmark for quantum computers ...

In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship ...

The Quantum Information Edge launches to accelerate quantum computing R&D ...

Focus on Europe

The coolest LEGO in the universe ...

Middleware

BP looks to ORNL and ADIOS to help rein in data ...

Hardware

New year brings new directory structure for OLCF's high-performance storage system ...

GIGABYTE brings AI, Cloud solutions and smart applications to CES 2020 to enable future today ...

During its final hours of operation, the Titan supercomputer simulated the birth of supernovae ...

Big iron afterlife: How ORNL's Titan supercomputer was recycled ...

Applications

Stanford researchers build a particle accelerator that fits on a chip ...

Brain-like functions emerging in a metallic nanowire network ...

Award-winning engineer helps keep US nuclear deterrent safe from radiation ...

New algorithm could mean more efficient, accurate equipment for Army ...

Paul Ginsparg named winner of the 2020 AIP Karl Compton Medal ...

'Super' simulations offer fresh insight into serotonin receptors ...

Researchers accelerate plasma turbulence simulations on Oak Ridge supercomputers to improve fusion design models ...