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Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

28 Sep 2015 Palo Alto - D-Wave Systems Inc., a major quantum computing company, has entered into a new agreement covering the installation of a succession of D-Wave systems located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. This agreement supports collaboration among Google, NASA and Universities Space Research Association (USRA) that is dedicated to studying how quantum computing can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the solution of difficult optimization problems. The new agreement enables Google and its partners to keep their D-Wave system at the state-of-the-art for up to seven years, with new generations of D-Wave systems to be installed at NASA Ames as they become available.

"The new agreement is the largest order in D-Wave's history, and indicative of the importance of quantum computing in its evolution toward solving problems that are difficult for even the largest supercomputers", stated D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell. "We highly value the commitment that our partners have made to D-Wave and our technology, and are excited about the potential use of our systems for machine learning and complex optimization problems."

Since 2013, when the previous generation 500-qubit D-Wave Two system was installed at NASA Ames, scientists at Google, NASA and USRA have been using it to explore the potential for quantum computing and its applicability to a broad range of complex problems such as web search, speech recognition, planning and scheduling, air-traffic management, robotic missions to other planets, and support operations in mission control centres.

"Working with the D-Wave processors has helped us develop and fine-tune models of quantum annealing", stated Hartmut Neven, Director of Engineering for Google and Head of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. "We look forward to the continued advancements coming from each generation of D-Wave systems."

"Through research at NASA Ames, we hope to demonstrate that quantum computing and quantum algorithms may someday dramatically improve our ability to solve difficult optimization problems for missions in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, and space exploration", stated Eugene Tu, Center Director at NASA's Ames Research Center. "The availability of increasingly more powerful quantum systems are key to achieving these goals, and work is now underway with D-Wave's latest technology."

"Our collaboration with Google and NASA enables the university community to access the most cutting edge area of computing research today - quantum computing", stated David Bell, Director, USRA's Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science. "At USRA, we are excited to see the diversity of research that will result by having universities and other research organisations from around the world conduct research using each generation of D-Wave systems."

Installation of the new D-Wave 2X system was recently completed and the system is now operational at NASA Ames, one of the world’s leading high performance computing (HPC) centres.
Source: D-Wave Systems

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-09-28

Special

Some perspectives on which approach to choose in the race towards exascale ...

System monitoring for energy-efficiency in the MontBlanc and DEEP-ER projects ...

Focus

In the following two years, 2016-2017, the European Union will spend over 150 million euro on HPC, ranging from HPC support for industry to exascale development ...

Quantum computing

D-Wave Systems announces multi-year agreement to provide its technology to Google, NASA and USRA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue Newsletter 16 ...

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching near Munich to host 59th International HPC User Forum ...

Middleware

New support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research ...

Hardware

Nor-Tech pioneers low-cost supercomputer solution ...

Curtiss-Wright launches new OpenHPEC Initiative to bring supercomputing software tools to embedded COTS systems ...

ADVA Optical Networking and PSNC trial 400G DCI technology in Research and Education Network ...

CENIC awarded International Networking Grant from NSF ...

Mellanox and Ixia demonstrate industry-first interoperability of 100Gb/s Ethernet platforms over 2km of optical fiber with silicon photonics transceivers ...

Applications

New 'stealth dark matter' theory may explain mystery of the universe's missing mass ...

One step closer to a new kind of computer ...

TACC supercomputers power RNA-seq analysis tools at summer bioinformatics workshop ...

LLNL joins Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing ...

Desika Narayanan unlocks the secrets to the brightest galaxies in the universe ...

Health care organisations select Mellanox InfiniBand-based Cloud ...

The Cloud

Dew helps ground Cloud computing ...

Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the Cloud ...

Rescale and CTC announce strategic partnership to provide Cloud HPC Platform in Japan ...