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Primeur weekly 2017-07-31

Focus

ECMWF at the heart of weather and climate modelling as global challenge of societal relevance with game changing prediction capability through exascale ...

NVIDIA hits the top 10 in the TOP500 and Green500 lists with multi-tasking GPUs - NVIDIA Vice President Ian Buck explains ...

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquires D-Wave 2000Q Cloud services to accelerate hybrid computing applications ...

Crowd computing

Dark ecology project will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations ...

Quantum computing

Tiny dancer atoms could prove a hit with quantum computer scientists ...

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption ...

Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing ...

University of Sydney and Microsoft forge global quantum computing partnership ...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Jan de Boer joins Board of Directors at Netherlands eScience Center ...

Hardware

Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate ...

Stampede2 storms out of the Corral in support of U.S. scientists ...

Nick Nystrom appointed Interim Director of PSC ...

CSIRO has chosen Dell EMC to build a new scientific computing capability, kicking off a new generation of research ...

One Stop Systems named one of San Diego's fastest growing companies ...

Applications

High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the United Kingdom simulated by Met Office supercomputer ...

NIH awards $9.3 million for further development of PHENIX structural biology software ...

Inaugural Collaborative Science Call yields six proposals melding genomics and supercomputing ...

Stampede supercomputer skyrocketed science ...

IBM combines All-Flash and storage software optimized for Hortonworks ...

PPPL researchers perform first basic-physics simulation of the impact of recycled atoms on plasma turbulence ...

Catch of the day: A net full of trees ...

Liquid electrolyte contacts for advanced characterization of resistive switching memories ...

University of Sydney and Microsoft forge global quantum computing partnership


Front row: PhD candidate Alice Mahoney with Microsoft's Chief of Staff, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group Mr. David Pritchard. Back row (R-L): Station Q Sydney Scientific Director Professor David Reilly; Partner Architect of Microsoft's Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group Mr. Douglas Carmean; Station Q Sydney Senior Research Scientist Dr. Maja Cassidy; University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson, Station Q Sydney Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. John Hornibrook and University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr. Michael Spence. Credit: Jayne Ion.
25 Jul 2017 Sydney - The University of Sydney has signed a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia.

The long-term Microsoft investment will bring state of the art equipment, allow the recruitment of new staff, help build the nation's scientific and engineering talent, and focus significant research project funding into the University, assuring the nation a key role in the emerging "quantum economy".

David Pritchard, Chief of Staff for Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group and Douglas Carmean, Partner Architect of Microsoft's Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group, participated in the announcement at the University of Sydney's Nanoscience Hub.

The official establishment of Station Q Sydney today embeds Microsoft's commitment to kickstarting the emergence of a quantum economy by partnering with the University to develop a premier centre for quantum computing. Directed by Professor David Reilly and housed inside the $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Station Q Sydney joins Microsoft's other experimental research sites at Purdue University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Copenhagen. There are only four labs of this kind in the world.

Sydney-born Professor Reilly, and Station Q Sydney Scientific Director - who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University before returning to Australia - asserts that quantum computing is one of the most significant opportunities in the 21st century, with the potential to transform the global economy and society at large.

"The deep partnership between Microsoft and the University of Sydney will allow us to help build a rich and robust local quantum economy by attracting more skilled people, investing in new equipment and research, and accelerate progress in quantum computing - a technology that we believe will disrupt the way we live, reshaping national and global security and revolutionising medicine, communications and transport", Professor Reilly stated.

The focus of Professor Reilly and his team at Station Q Sydney is to bring quantum computing out of the laboratory and into the real world where it can have genuine impact: "We've reached a point where we can move from mathematical modelling and theory to applied engineering for significant scale-up", Professor Reilly stated.

Leveraging his research in quantum computing, Professor Reilly's team has already demonstrated how spin-off quantum technologies can be used in the near-future to help detect and track early-stage cancers using the quantum properties of nanodiamonds.

Microsoft's David Pritchard outlined the company's redoubled quantum efforts, a key strategic pillar within Microsoft's AI and Research Group; the quantum computing effort is being led by Todd Holmdahl, the creator of the Xbox and HoloLens.

Mr. Pritchard said the partnership with the University of Sydney is important because Microsoft is looking forward to reaching the critical juncture where theory and demonstration need to segue and be complemented by systems-level abstraction and applied engineering efforts focused on scaling.

"There's always an element of risk when you are working on projects with the potential to make momentous and unprecedented impact; we're at the inflection point now where we have the opportunity to do that", Mr. Pritchard stated.

Douglas Carmean, based at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington headquarters, characterised Microsoft's ambitious goals for quantum computing as necessarily intensified and augmented through collaboration with the world's leading universities.

"It was only 40 years ago that the computing revolution really took hold, realising Microsoft's vision for personal computers to be on every desktop; Microsoft is now focused on what we see as potentially even more impactful - making the quantum leap", Mr. Carmean stated.

"Our significant investment in quantum computing is a collaborative effort between Microsoft and academia and this is what will ultimately accelerate the transition from pure research to the development of useful quantum machines."

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr. Michael Spence, described Professor Reilly as one of a select few international research leaders exploring how the quantum lens could throw fresh light on today's pressing issues, as well as yield insights into problems yet to be identified.

"Professor Reilly has helped create an international quantum hub in Sydney, resulting in a game-changing collaboration with industry leaders, building also on our whole-of-University commitment to multidisciplinary approaches to frontier research - as embodied in our Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST)", Dr. Spence stated.

"With cutting-edge nanoscience facilities and unique pathways to commercialisation, Sydney is now experiencing the emergence of a quantum economy, which has the potential to create untold educational and economic opportunities for NSW and Australia, just as Silicon Valley has done in California."

Microsoft and University of Sydney forge quantum partnership. The University of Sydney in July 2017 announces the signing of a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia. The Microsoft investment will bring state-of-the-art equipment, allow the recruitment of staff, help build the nation's scientific and engineering talent and focus significant research project funding into the University, assuring Australia plays a key role in the emerging quantum economy. The focus of Professor David Reilly and his team at Station Q Sydney is to bring quantum computing out of the laboratory and into the real world where it can have genuine impact. Microsoft's Australian quantum laboratory is one of only four experimental Station Q teams in the world alongside Purdue University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Copenhagen. Microsoft said in a statement: "Station Q Sydney is co-located with the University of Sydney's $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub, home to some of the world's leading scientists focused on this area. With Microsoft's support, a global bench of premier scientists and engineers will be brought together, all charged with the goal of changing computing forever." Credit: University of Sydney.

Source: University of Sydney

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Primeur weekly 2017-07-31

Focus

ECMWF at the heart of weather and climate modelling as global challenge of societal relevance with game changing prediction capability through exascale ...

NVIDIA hits the top 10 in the TOP500 and Green500 lists with multi-tasking GPUs - NVIDIA Vice President Ian Buck explains ...

Exascale supercomputing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory acquires D-Wave 2000Q Cloud services to accelerate hybrid computing applications ...

Crowd computing

Dark ecology project will use past weather radar data to trace bird migrations ...

Quantum computing

Tiny dancer atoms could prove a hit with quantum computer scientists ...

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption ...

Ultracold molecules hold promise for quantum computing ...

University of Sydney and Microsoft forge global quantum computing partnership ...

Focus on Europe

Prof. Jan de Boer joins Board of Directors at Netherlands eScience Center ...

Hardware

Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate ...

Stampede2 storms out of the Corral in support of U.S. scientists ...

Nick Nystrom appointed Interim Director of PSC ...

CSIRO has chosen Dell EMC to build a new scientific computing capability, kicking off a new generation of research ...

One Stop Systems named one of San Diego's fastest growing companies ...

Applications

High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the United Kingdom simulated by Met Office supercomputer ...

NIH awards $9.3 million for further development of PHENIX structural biology software ...

Inaugural Collaborative Science Call yields six proposals melding genomics and supercomputing ...

Stampede supercomputer skyrocketed science ...

IBM combines All-Flash and storage software optimized for Hortonworks ...

PPPL researchers perform first basic-physics simulation of the impact of recycled atoms on plasma turbulence ...

Catch of the day: A net full of trees ...

Liquid electrolyte contacts for advanced characterization of resistive switching memories ...