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Primeur weekly 2020-05-18

Focus

SiPearl's chip will be a platform open to other start-ups to develop accelerators for - An interview with Philippe Notton from SiPearl ...

Exascale supercomputing

Atos launches first supercomputer equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU ...

Quantum computing

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" ...

ADVA brings post-quantum security to packet networks ...

Atos delivers its Quantum Learning Machine to Japan ...

Machine learning cracks quantum chemistry conundrum ...

Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials ...

Seeqc UK awarded GBP 1,8 million in grants to advance quantum computing initiatives ...

Rising investments in quantum technology to boost market growth ...

Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture ...

Middleware

Mentor Graphics and the University of Basel join the OpenMP effort ...

Hardware

NVIDIA's new Ampere data centre GPU in full production ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology procures new supercomputer ...

DDN announces A3I suppport for NVIDIA DGX A100 ...

Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2020 Women of the Channel ...

Supermicro expands portfolio with fully integrated NVIDIA A100 GPU-powered systems delivering 5 Petaflop/s of AI performance in a single 4U server ...

Artificial synapses on design ...

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors ...

OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) and Gen-Z Consortium announce MoU agreement ...

Tachyum achieves 90 percent of silicon laid for its Prodigy Universal Processor ...

Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 disruptive technology start-ups ...

Inspur releases five new AI servers powered by NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs ...

Research and Markets issues Global High-Performance Computing as a Service Market Analysis and Industry Forecasts to 2026 ...

Asperitas and maincubes partner to deliver immersion cooling solutions in dedicated colocation suites ...

Delivery of supercomputer Fugaku completed ...

Applications

Supercomputer simulations help advance electrochemical reaction research ...

3D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy ...

GCS centres support research to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic ...

NIST scientists create new recipe for single-atom transistors ...

ACM service awards recognize leaders who strengthen the computing community ...

New research launched on airborne virus transmission in buildings ...

Seeing the universe through new lenses ...

Liqid delivers industry's fastest single-socket server ...

National Science Foundation grant backs funcX: A smart, automated delegator for computational research ...

Educating the next generation of supercomputer users with Blue Waters ...

The Cloud

Innovium introduces TERALYNX 8, world's highest performance programmable switch for data centre networks with 25,6 Tbps throughput and support for 112 Gbps SerDes I/O ...

Wiwynn unveils standalone rack-level liquid cooling solution for OCP ORV3 at 2020 OCP Virtual Summit ...

Crowd Machine Platform is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg"


IBM Q Dilution Refrigerator. Credit: Graham Carlow. Lizenz: Namensnennung-Keine Bearbeitung 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0).
13 May 2020 Freiburg - In order to advance application-oriented research on quantum computing, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is founding a national network on quantum computing with regional centres in seven German states. The first centre to start is the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg". The federal state government will support the centre with up to 40 million euro over the next four years. Fraunhofer IAF takes over the coordinative management of the Competence Center Baden-Württemberg together with Fraunhofer IAO.

The aim of the national competence network of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the development of quantum-based computing strategies for the next generation of high-performance computers. The cooperation includes Cloud access to IBM quantum computers in the USA as well as the establishment of an IBM quantum computer in Germany, operating under German law. The access to quantum computers enables research on technology, application scenarios and algorithms. In addition, the centre wants to stimulate competence development and generate competitive advantages for economy and science.

With the participation of currently eleven Fraunhofer Institutes, technical expertise in the research field of quantum computing is pooled in regional competence centres throughout Germany. Within the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg", an IBM quantum computer will be established in Ehningen near Stuttgart. For this purpose, IBM will provide a state-of-the-art quantum computer (IBM Q System) as computing platform starting 2021.

The location allows the quantum computer to operate under German law and to comply with European privacy regulations. Furthermore, Baden-Württemberg's high-tech landscape of large- and medium-scale industry, SMEs and start-ups offers a wide range of possibilities for the application-oriented use of the high-performance computer.

"The early development of specialist competences in Baden-Württemberg and Germany offers a competitive advantage that should not be underestimated. It will allow us to participate in the value creation in the field of quantum computing at an early stage", stated Prof. Dr. Dr. Ambacher, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg and Manager of the Competence Center Baden-Württemberg.

"The Competence Center Quantum Computing is an important part of the federal strategy to strengthen its leading role in key technologies. We want to stimulate the close collaboration between university and applied science with the state's economy as much as possible and thus advance the future use of quantum technologies. The center gives Baden-Württemberg's industry a head start, which we need to capitalize on", added Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and Commissioner for Technology of the state government of Baden-Württemberg.

The state government of Baden-Württemberg will provide up to 40 million euro over the next four years to support the establishment of the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg". "The quantum computer is an important step for Baden-Württemberg on the way to the early and successful development of decisive future technologies. The potential and possibilities are vast, many of which we cannot even imagine today. With the quantum computer in Ehningen, we contribute to a quantum technology ecosystem in Germany with international significance. It is a milestone for the technological sovereignty of Germany and Europe", stated Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann.

"We want to make the great innovative potential of quantum computing available for economic and scientific applications as early as possible in Baden-Württemberg, and also gain an important locational advantage internationally. Baden-Württemberg is the state of hidden champions and the leading innovative region in Europe. We therefore offer excellent conditions and a multitude of application areas for which quantum computing can be of practical use", stated Minister of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden Württemberg, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut.

Interested regional university and non-university institutions as well as companies will be involved in the Competence Center through joint projects, contract research or a membership. "The aim is to offer a well-organized access and an efficient use of the IBM quantum computer to as many researchers as possible", stated Prof. Ambacher.

By the end of the year, the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" will have laid the organisational and technical foundation to enable scientific projects and contract research using IBM quantum computers. During the initial phase, a computer pool with workstations will be set up at Fraunhofer IAF in Freiburg and Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart. In addition, Fraunhofer experts will offer training courses on quantum computing to members and partners of the Competence Center. The scientific projects are scheduled to start in January 2021.

Within the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg", Fraunhofer IAF will set up a computer pool and offer a corresponding training program in Freiburg. Furthermore, Fraunhofer IAF wants to contribute significant advancement in the performance of entangled qubits and quantum memories. Through research and development of novel quantum hardware, Fraunhofer IAF aims to increase the reachable computing times of quantum computers while decreasing the error rate.

Research and development of Fraunhofer IAF will focus on the development of quantum hardware along its entire value chain: This includes the development of novel material structures and process technologies, the establishment of accompanying analytics and quality management of quantum electronic devices as well as the research of innovative packaging technologies. IAF will also focus on the demonstration of high-performance quantum memories and processing components.

Fraunhofer IAO will set up and supervise the computer pool in Stuttgart within the Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" and offer corresponding training courses for industry and science. The expert at Fraunhofer IAO are researching how companies can utilize quantum computers in the future.

The research and developmental work focuses on the necessary software solutions and the programming of quantum computers as well as the corresponding algorithms and tools. In addition, Fraunhofer IAO will investigate the use of simulation possibilities, develop new solutions and make tools and demonstrators available to industry.

Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics - IAF

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Primeur weekly 2020-05-18

Focus

SiPearl's chip will be a platform open to other start-ups to develop accelerators for - An interview with Philippe Notton from SiPearl ...

Exascale supercomputing

Atos launches first supercomputer equipped with NVIDIA A100 GPU ...

Quantum computing

Start of the Fraunhofer Competence Center "Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg" ...

ADVA brings post-quantum security to packet networks ...

Atos delivers its Quantum Learning Machine to Japan ...

Machine learning cracks quantum chemistry conundrum ...

Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials ...

Seeqc UK awarded GBP 1,8 million in grants to advance quantum computing initiatives ...

Rising investments in quantum technology to boost market growth ...

Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture ...

Middleware

Mentor Graphics and the University of Basel join the OpenMP effort ...

Hardware

NVIDIA's new Ampere data centre GPU in full production ...

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology procures new supercomputer ...

DDN announces A3I suppport for NVIDIA DGX A100 ...

Yvonne Walker recognized as one of CRN's 2020 Women of the Channel ...

Supermicro expands portfolio with fully integrated NVIDIA A100 GPU-powered systems delivering 5 Petaflop/s of AI performance in a single 4U server ...

Artificial synapses on design ...

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors ...

OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) and Gen-Z Consortium announce MoU agreement ...

Tachyum achieves 90 percent of silicon laid for its Prodigy Universal Processor ...

Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 disruptive technology start-ups ...

Inspur releases five new AI servers powered by NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs ...

Research and Markets issues Global High-Performance Computing as a Service Market Analysis and Industry Forecasts to 2026 ...

Asperitas and maincubes partner to deliver immersion cooling solutions in dedicated colocation suites ...

Delivery of supercomputer Fugaku completed ...

Applications

Supercomputer simulations help advance electrochemical reaction research ...

3D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy ...

GCS centres support research to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic ...

NIST scientists create new recipe for single-atom transistors ...

ACM service awards recognize leaders who strengthen the computing community ...

New research launched on airborne virus transmission in buildings ...

Seeing the universe through new lenses ...

Liqid delivers industry's fastest single-socket server ...

National Science Foundation grant backs funcX: A smart, automated delegator for computational research ...

Educating the next generation of supercomputer users with Blue Waters ...

The Cloud

Innovium introduces TERALYNX 8, world's highest performance programmable switch for data centre networks with 25,6 Tbps throughput and support for 112 Gbps SerDes I/O ...

Wiwynn unveils standalone rack-level liquid cooling solution for OCP ORV3 at 2020 OCP Virtual Summit ...

Crowd Machine Platform is powered by Oracle Cloud and now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace ...