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Primeur weekly 2017-08-28

Focus

ARM is not just focusing on the Flops but on the science behind the workloads in HPC ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists study connection between body bacteria and autoimmune diseases ...

Quantum computing

CDL teams up with Rigetti Computing to foster quantum machine learning start-up ecosystem ...

UNSW creates future with launch of 'unique' quantum computing company ...

Nano-hashtags could provide definite proof of Majorana particles - crucial step towards quantum computer ...

High-dimensional quantum encryption performed in real-world city conditions for first time ...

Can large stars anti-aging research help future memory devices? ...

IEEE approves standards project for quantum computing definitions ...

Focus on Europe

SURFnet partners the National eScience Symposium ...

Hardware

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Supermicro delivers groundbreaking 18 million IOPS of storage performance in new 2U Ultra server ...

ScaleOut Software adds support for distributed caching in ASP.NET Core 2.0 with its v5.6 release ...

Atos forms global reseller alliance with Dell with 8 to 16 sockets Bullion servers ...

Applications

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The Cloud

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UNSW creates future with launch of 'unique' quantum computing company


UNSW Professor Andrea Morello and Silicon Quantum Computing director Professor Michelle Simmons describe the operation of a cryogenic dilution refrigerator to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos at the UNSW quantum computing laboratory. Image courtesy cqc2t.org.
23 Aug 2017 Sydney - The rest of the world is watching, government and industry leaders have been told, as the University of New South Wales (UNSW) ramps up commercial efforts to build a 10-qubit forerunner to a silicon-based quantum computer.

Australia's first quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd., has been launched at UNSW to advance the development and commercialisation of the university's world-leading quantum computing technology.

The New South Wales (NSW) Government is the latest partner to join the $83 million venture, pledging $8.7 million from its recently announced Quantum Computing Fund.

The commitment builds on earlier investments from UNSW and its quantum computing researchers - $25 million, Commonwealth Bank of Australia - $14 million, Telstra - $10 million over two years - and the Australian Government - $25 million over five years - through its National Innovation & Science Agenda.

Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. will drive the development and commercialisation of a 10-qubit quantum integrated circuit prototype in silicon by 2022 as the forerunner to a silicon-based quantum computer. The company will work alongside the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T), operating from new laboratories within the Centre's UNSW headquarters.

Speaking at an event to launch the company at UNSW today, chief researcher and board member Professor Michelle Simmons said the three-way collaboration between government, industry and universities was unique internationally.

"I know the rest of the world is watching us", Professor Simmons stated.

Federal Minister for Science, Innovation and Industry Arthur Sinodinos congratulated the company partners for their vision.

"We are launching here an Australian company which is at the forefront of what some people have described as the next space race", Senator Sinodinos stated.

He said quantum's computational possibilities and capabilities had the potential to create entire new industries and revolutionise sectors across the economy. Australia was at least two or three years ahead of the rest of the world in developing the technology and the Australian government knew it had to back the effort.

"As a country, we punch above our weight when it comes to knowledge creation but we really need to be doing more to commercialise our great ideas here in Australia. And that is what this company is all about", Senator Sinodinos stated.

NSW Chief Scientist Mary O'Kane said she was proud to represent the NSW Government and announce its decision to buy a stake in Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd.

She said the government was a long-time backer of the Centre of Excellence's research and was determined to continue that support through investment in the company.

"We realise we do it as one of many partners and we congratulate UNSW for taking such a sensible and far-sighted view with its long-term patent strategy", she stated.

Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd board members are Professor Simmons; Hugh Bradlow, Telstra's Chief Scientist; David Whiteing, CBA's Chief Information Officer; and Glenys Beauchamp, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The board will be chaired initially by corporate lawyer and company director Stephen Menzies.

Up to 40 staff are projected to be hired because of the new company, including 25 postdoctoral researchers, 12 PhD students, and lab technicians, with recruitment currently underway.

Interim Chair Stephen Menzies hailed the public-private partnership as a new direction for the commercialisation of Australian research. The company would maintain vital IP in Australia and develop a nascent quantum information ecosystem in NSW, he said.

"We have a board that is very corporate-focussed on developing and funding the engineering work to develop a 10-qubit device."

"We will fund hardware, but from that we will also develop a patent pool that will be without peer in the world. And that patent pool will allow us to work with other Australian institutions and corporations to lead to further innovation in the quantum age."

Mr. Menzies said the company hoped the initial shareholders would be the first of many.

"The company will need additional monies and the business plan contemplates that additional shareholders will join - all of whom we hope will bring strategic focus to the business and who will bring their own enthusiasm and passion to the technologies."

The Centre of Excellence's scientists and engineers are the only group in the world that can make atomically precise devices in silicon. Its teams across UNSW and the University of Melbourne have produced the longest coherence time qubits in the solid state, the ability to optically address single dopant atoms in silicon, the lowest noise silicon devices and the first two qubit gate in silicon.

Professor Simmons said it was an exciting time to invest in an industry that would shape the 21st century.

"The world is accelerating in this field and by having a company sitting alongside a Centre of Excellence, with the powerhouse of students and post docs that come through, we can make sure that Australia stays at the very forefront of this race."

"We really are creating the future here today. With Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd now incorporated, we are fully committed to developing a 10-qubit silicon prototype. We are open for business and open to further investment. Let's make Australia proud."

Australia's first hardware quantum computing company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd., has been launched to advance the development and commercialisation of UNSW Sydney's world-leading quantum computing technology.
Source: University of New South Wales - UNSW

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-08-28

Focus

ARM is not just focusing on the Flops but on the science behind the workloads in HPC ...

Crowd computing

Your computer can help scientists study connection between body bacteria and autoimmune diseases ...

Quantum computing

CDL teams up with Rigetti Computing to foster quantum machine learning start-up ecosystem ...

UNSW creates future with launch of 'unique' quantum computing company ...

Nano-hashtags could provide definite proof of Majorana particles - crucial step towards quantum computer ...

High-dimensional quantum encryption performed in real-world city conditions for first time ...

Can large stars anti-aging research help future memory devices? ...

IEEE approves standards project for quantum computing definitions ...

Focus on Europe

SURFnet partners the National eScience Symposium ...

Hardware

SC17 Exhibition setting records ...

Mellanox network adapters for 25G RoCE Ethernet Cloud deployed in Alibaba ...

Supermicro delivers groundbreaking 18 million IOPS of storage performance in new 2U Ultra server ...

ScaleOut Software adds support for distributed caching in ASP.NET Core 2.0 with its v5.6 release ...

Atos forms global reseller alliance with Dell with 8 to 16 sockets Bullion servers ...

Applications

ORNL researchers turn to deep learning to solve science's Big Data problem ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center helps Ohio State researcher share knowledge at home and abroad ...

Solidifying advanced alloy design ...

ANSYS 18.2 enhances simulation speed and accuracy ...

JDRF and IBM collaborate to research risk factors for type 1 diabetes in children ...

The Cloud

Red Hat and Microsoft simplify containers to help enterprises accelerate to the hybrid Cloud ...