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The Cloud

IBM opens new Cloud resiliency centre ...

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu selects Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited plug-and-play private Cloud solution for computer-aided engineering ...

Boston University receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' Cloud platform ...

NetApp introduces software-defined object Storage for the hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

PRACE-3IP PCP project to launch execution phase 1 of whole-system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Bull launches its new novascale gcos enterprise servers to support data centre transformation for the Cloud and Big Data ...

Final proof for optimal encoding strategies in optical communication ...

ISC 2015 is now open for submissions and other participation opportunities ...

From diamonds to supercomputers ...

Unique maritime co-operation around MARIN's new fast CFD facility ...

USFlash

Curtiss-Wright unveils its lightest and most powerful 4th gen Intel Core i7 rugged mission computer ...

HP offers no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon processor E5 v3–based servers and single-click installation on new HP ProLiant Gen9 Server models ...

NSF grants $1 million to Missouri University to expand supercomputer equipment and expertise ...

Eurocom Panther 5 has broken the 8 TB storage barrier ...

Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing ...

With NIH grant, Cedars-Sinai helps bring Big Data to neuro disease research ...

Putting the squeeze on quantum information ...

Cray awarded $26 million supercomputer contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Lenovo set to close acquisition of IBM's x86 server business ...

Syracuse's new cooling system heats up physics research ...

Syracuse's new cooling system heats up physics research


Syracuse University
24 Sep 2014 Syracuse - A physicist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has received a major grant to support ongoing work in quantum information science. Britton Plourde, associate professor of physics, is the recipient of a $230,000 Defense University Research Instrumentation Programme award from the Army Research Office (ARO). The award enables him to acquire a cryogen-free adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) for the College's Department of Physics.

"Professor Plourde has achieved prominence through exacting and innovative work with his research team on micro-scale superconducting devices", stated A. Alan Middleton, professor and chair of physics. "This new system allows for even more rapid development of devices for quantum information science."

Britton Plourde said the new system will reach temperatures as low as 0.04 degrees above absolute zero (i.e., 40 millikelvin).

He also pointed out the ADR's first-stage cooling station, known as a cryocooler, is made by Cryomech, a local company that's a world leader in cryorefrigeration technology.

"This cryocooler provides fully integrated, closed-cycle refrigeration", stated Britton Plourde, an expert in condensed matter physics. "This is extremely important because it reduces our dependence on expensive cryogens for running low-temperature experiments."

One of Britton Plourde's projects, led by IBM and funded by the U.S. government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, has him combining multiple superconducting qubits with microwave resonators, in hopes of implementing a quantum algorithm.

Another project, funded by the ARO, involves him developing superconducting amplifiers and metamaterials, with an eye toward creating a scalable readout system for superconducting qubits.

Britton Plourde also has been using National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to study the dynamics of magnetic-flux vortices in superconducting microwave-resonator circuits.

"The combination of this new ADR system with existing refrigerators at Syracuse will expand our low-temperature capabilities and allow us to cool down a greater variety of superconducting circuits", he stated.

Much of Britton Plourde's research involves developing components for quantum computers - machines that use quantum physics to solve problems much differently from traditional computers. Central to quantum computation is "superposition", a quality in which a particle may be in two states at once. Superposition often relies on low temperatures to remove thermal effects, which, in turn, tend to destroy quantum states.

"We're developing new microwave-resonator and detector circuits that allow us to measure the quantum states of superconducting circuits with high fidelity and low overhead, useful for scaling to much larger systems", Britton Plourde added.

A Syracuse faculty member since 2005, Plourde is the recipient of both an NSF CAREER Award and IBM Faculty Award. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying vortex dynamics in superconducting films, and then served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, Britton Plourde was named editor-in-chief ofTransactions on Applied Superconductivity, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The Department of Physics has been educating students and carrying out research for more than 125 years. Graduate and undergraduate opportunities are available in fields ranging from biological and condensed matter physics, to cosmology and particle physics, to gravitational wave detection and astrophysics.
Source: Syracuse University

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Primeur weekly 2014-09-29

The Cloud

IBM opens new Cloud resiliency centre ...

Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu selects Altair’s HyperWorks Unlimited plug-and-play private Cloud solution for computer-aided engineering ...

Boston University receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' Cloud platform ...

NetApp introduces software-defined object Storage for the hybrid Cloud ...

EuroFlash

PRACE-3IP PCP project to launch execution phase 1 of whole-system design for energy efficient HPC ...

Bull launches its new novascale gcos enterprise servers to support data centre transformation for the Cloud and Big Data ...

Final proof for optimal encoding strategies in optical communication ...

ISC 2015 is now open for submissions and other participation opportunities ...

From diamonds to supercomputers ...

Unique maritime co-operation around MARIN's new fast CFD facility ...

USFlash

Curtiss-Wright unveils its lightest and most powerful 4th gen Intel Core i7 rugged mission computer ...

HP offers no-cost VSA software with Intel Xeon processor E5 v3–based servers and single-click installation on new HP ProLiant Gen9 Server models ...

NSF grants $1 million to Missouri University to expand supercomputer equipment and expertise ...

Eurocom Panther 5 has broken the 8 TB storage barrier ...

Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing ...

With NIH grant, Cedars-Sinai helps bring Big Data to neuro disease research ...

Putting the squeeze on quantum information ...

Cray awarded $26 million supercomputer contract from the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Programme ...

Lenovo set to close acquisition of IBM's x86 server business ...

Syracuse's new cooling system heats up physics research ...