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Primeur weekly 2012-05-07

The Cloud

Oracle engineered systems power CISDI to establish Cloud computing platform ...

State of the Cloud: Analysis of Cloud Services, Companies, and Applications published ...

New IBM business integration software helps enterprises accelerate adoption of social business, Cloud and mobile technologies ...

Oracle partners around the world drive customer success with Oracle's SPARC T4 servers and Oracle Solaris 11 ...

Teradata to acquire eCircle ...

HP launches HP 3PAR programme guaranteed to double performance in VMware environments ...

Desktop Grids

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released ...

EuroFlash

Now entering its 20th year, TOP500 List to be focus of three sessions at ISC'12 ...

eScience engineer team in place ...

PRACE Summer School on Code Optimisation for Multi-Core and Intel MIC Architecture ...

Escape response of small fish tested using a supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave releases TotalView 8.10 ...

AREVA invests in new supercomputer with the CEA and its partners ...

Biggest ever computer conference to honour Alan Turing ...

Bright Computing brings data aware scheduling to Cloud bursting into Amazon EC2 ...

USFlash

Researchers turn Big Data problems into advanced biology and drug discoveries ...

Univa announces Grid Engine 8.1 to further evolve the popular software ...

Scientists uncover strong support for once-marginalized theory on Parkinson's disease ...

eASIC enables 3x increase in energy efficiency for astrophysical simulation supercomputer ...

Cray completes sale of interconnect hardware assets to Intel ...

SGI announces new CFO, Robert J. Nikl ...

OSC's Tomko to champion high-performance computing ...

Queensland University of Technology selects SGI to advance broad research charter ...

Research breakthrough takes supercomputing out of the lab ...

A 100-gigbit highway for science ...

SDSC announces Summer Supercomputing Programme for undergraduates ...

Research breakthrough takes supercomputing out of the lab

30 Apr 2012 Toronto - In the age of high-speed computing, the photon is king. However, producing the finely tuned particles of light is a complex and time-consuming process, until now. Thanks to the work by a team of engineers led by Professor Amr Helmy of The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, a novel solution has been identified that will make the production of special class of photons faster and easier.

Advanced computing technologies - such as ultra-secure communication systems and optical quantum computers - use light to quickly relay information. To enable these technologies to work, a photon - the smallest unit of energy - has to be tightly coupled with another photon. These are known as entangled photon pairs. The current means of production uses relatively bulky optical equipment in specialized labs. The photons are also extremely delicate to construct and are very sensitive to mechanical vibrations. This complexity and associated cost currently makes the use of this technology in homes or offices impracticable.

Professor Helmy's team offers an innovative solution. These engineers have successfully designed a new integrated counterpart to the delicate laboratory equipment that could produce the entangled photon pairs using an integrated circuit. Ultimately, the entire production of the photons could be completed using a single chip. The team in Toronto along with their colleagues at the University of Waterloo and Universität Innsbruck, have tested the first generation of these devices. They reported their findings in a recent issue ofPhysical Review Letters.

"The research offers the prospect of unleashing the potential of the powerful and underutilized quantum technologies into the main stream commercial world, out of the lab", explained Professor Helmy.

While other attempts at creating a chip-based solution didn't permit the addition of other components, Professor Helmy's team used a semiconductor chip that would function with the other existing equipment. This makes it possible to have all of the required components that traditionally exist in a laboratory be on the same chip.

Utilizing quantum optical computing will be key in solving extremely difficult computational problems, such as complex data sorting. Optical computers are much faster than any classical computer thanks to their ability to use advanced modern algorithms. Producing entangled pairs using this chip is a first and significant step towards making them commercially available and perhaps might lead to future quantum-optical gadgets.
Source: University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2012-05-07

The Cloud

Oracle engineered systems power CISDI to establish Cloud computing platform ...

State of the Cloud: Analysis of Cloud Services, Companies, and Applications published ...

New IBM business integration software helps enterprises accelerate adoption of social business, Cloud and mobile technologies ...

Oracle partners around the world drive customer success with Oracle's SPARC T4 servers and Oracle Solaris 11 ...

Teradata to acquire eCircle ...

HP launches HP 3PAR programme guaranteed to double performance in VMware environments ...

Desktop Grids

XtremWeb 8.0.2 has been released ...

EuroFlash

Now entering its 20th year, TOP500 List to be focus of three sessions at ISC'12 ...

eScience engineer team in place ...

PRACE Summer School on Code Optimisation for Multi-Core and Intel MIC Architecture ...

Escape response of small fish tested using a supercomputer ...

Rogue Wave releases TotalView 8.10 ...

AREVA invests in new supercomputer with the CEA and its partners ...

Biggest ever computer conference to honour Alan Turing ...

Bright Computing brings data aware scheduling to Cloud bursting into Amazon EC2 ...

USFlash

Researchers turn Big Data problems into advanced biology and drug discoveries ...

Univa announces Grid Engine 8.1 to further evolve the popular software ...

Scientists uncover strong support for once-marginalized theory on Parkinson's disease ...

eASIC enables 3x increase in energy efficiency for astrophysical simulation supercomputer ...

Cray completes sale of interconnect hardware assets to Intel ...

SGI announces new CFO, Robert J. Nikl ...

OSC's Tomko to champion high-performance computing ...

Queensland University of Technology selects SGI to advance broad research charter ...

Research breakthrough takes supercomputing out of the lab ...

A 100-gigbit highway for science ...

SDSC announces Summer Supercomputing Programme for undergraduates ...