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Primeur weekly 2017-10-16

Focus

Asperitas launches immersed computing concept based on total liquid cooling using oil ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exploring the exotic world of quarks and gluons at the dawn of the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Intel delivers 17-qubit superconducting chip with advanced packaging to QuTech ...

Los Alamos experiments with a quantum-physics device that could boost computation to the next level ...

Forget about it - a material that mimics the brain ...

Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics ...

Construction of a quantum computer begins in Finland - working group receives nearly one million euro in funding ...

Focus on Europe

SC17 video sheds light on how supercomputers are unraveling the mystery of the human brain ...

SURFsara supports SRON analysing Tropomi Sentinel-5P satellite data ...

ISC Group is calling on experts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2018 ...

Frank Takes wins eScientist Award 2017 award for platform to investigate corporate tax avoidance ...

Hardware

Fujitsu receives order for Japan's fastest supercomputer system for AI applications ...

NVIDIA announces world's first AI computer to make robotaxis a reality ...

Deutsche Post DHL Group selects NVIDIA DRIVE PX for autonomous delivery truck fleet ...

Seeing the next dimension of computer chips ...

Applications

Scientists Amsterdam Science Park contribute to research behind Nobel Prize ...

International team reconstructs nanoscale virus features from correlations of scattered X-rays ...

With help of Piz Daint supercomputer towards solving the proton spin puzzle ...

Supercomputing aids experiments in sorting out the hidden mechanics of magnetic field reconnection, a key factor in solar storms and fusion energy reactors ...

Sandia's Direct Numerical Simulations enhance combustion efficiency, reduces pollution ...

Machine learning translates 'hidden' information to reveal chemistry in action ...

Dataset size counts for better predictions ...

Adriënne Mendrik expands on Grand Challenges in Computer Vision Magazine ...

SDSC Gateway provides advanced software and HPC tools needed by today's biologists ...

Construction of a quantum computer begins in Finland - working group receives nearly one million euro in funding


Photo of the centimeter-sized silicon chip which has three separate superconducting quantum bits. Credit: Jan Goetz/Aalto-yliopisto.
11 Oct 2017 Aalto - Docent Mikko Möttönen's working group has received nearly one million euros in funding for the construction of a quantum computer. A large-scale quantum computer, which has yet to be successfully realised, can revolutionise the world with its sheer computing power.

The working group headed by Aalto University Docent Mikko Möttönen received a total of 950,000 euro in funding from the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The working group applied for funding through Future Makers, a joint funding programme administered by the two foundations to find bold, new research ideas.

Mikko Möttönen's group will begin development of a scalable quantum computer in Finland. The objective is to first build a quantum processor, which can be scaled - i.e. made into a larger processor - in the future. As no one has yet been able to build a quantum computer, which is capable of solving practical problems extremely quickly, getting started on this endeavour is of the utmost importance.

"Although there are different kinds of quantum computer prototypes out there, this technology is still in its infancy. A large-scale quantum computer will make the impossible possible. It will be able to quickly solve extraordinarily difficult problems, which would take conventional computers over a billion years to solve", explained Mikko Möttönen.

The foundations providing the funding believe in the importance of the work being undertaken by Mikko Möttönen's group.

"A quantum computer can come up with answers to a wide range of questions in everything from medicine to climate change. The goal of building the first Finnish quantum computer is very ambitious and, if successful, will be an international breakthrough", stated Laura Juvonen, Director of the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.

A quantum computer makes use of quantum mechanics in computation. It can be used to model, among other things, chemical compounds and reactions - e.g. pharmaceuticals and fertilisers - in an entirely new way.

"If we could precisely simulate chemical reactions using a computer, we wouldn't need to go over every single alternative in the lab", explained Mikko Möttönen.

The work being done by Mikko Möttönen's group is supported by the development of superconducting circuits done over the last decade. Superconductivity is a phenomenon, in which electrical resistance disappears below a certain temperature. Superconducting circuits facilitate the mass generation of quantum bits, or qubits. They can be used to make a scalable architecture for a quantum computer.

"Even here in Finland, superconducting quantum bits have been generated for years. Although there's a great deal of expertise available, no one has set out to build a quantum computer because there weren't enough resources for such an undertaking. With this funding, we can now begin the systematic construction of a quantum computer", stated Mikko Möttönen.

Aalto University has a high level of research expertise in quantum technology, thus making it an exceptional place for the development of a quantum computer. At the turn of the year, Aalto will open the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Quantum Technology, whose group heads are also involved in the development of a quantum computer.

"The Centre of Excellence will support Mikko Möttönen's project and vice versa. We absolutely want to be profiled as leading experts in quantum technology", stated Academy Professor Jukka Pekola, who is head of the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology.

In addition to Aalto University, researchers from the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are also part of the working group. With the nearly one million euro in funding, the group will be able to begin development of a quantum computer, but not bring it to completion. The group's work is also supported by a billion-euro EU flagship initiative, which will be launched in 2018. The aim of the flagship initiative is to accelerate the development of quantum technologies together with member states and the business sector.

"The contribution made by the foundations allows us to play a more central role in the EU flagship initiative. We'll be able to highlight our strengths and showcase our expertise on the world stage", stated Mikko Möttönen.

Members of Mikko Möttönen's working group are:

  • From Aalto University: Professor Tapio Ala-Nissilä, Professor Christian Flindt, Professor Pertti Hakonen, Docent Mikko Möttönen, Docent Sorin Paraoanu, Academy Professor Jukka Pekola and Professor Zhipei Sun.
  • From VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: Docent Juha Hassel, PhD Mika Prunnila
- From University of Turku: Professor Sabrina Maniscalco.
Source: Aalto University

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Primeur weekly 2017-10-16

Focus

Asperitas launches immersed computing concept based on total liquid cooling using oil ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exploring the exotic world of quarks and gluons at the dawn of the exascale ...

Quantum computing

Intel delivers 17-qubit superconducting chip with advanced packaging to QuTech ...

Los Alamos experiments with a quantum-physics device that could boost computation to the next level ...

Forget about it - a material that mimics the brain ...

Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics ...

Construction of a quantum computer begins in Finland - working group receives nearly one million euro in funding ...

Focus on Europe

SC17 video sheds light on how supercomputers are unraveling the mystery of the human brain ...

SURFsara supports SRON analysing Tropomi Sentinel-5P satellite data ...

ISC Group is calling on experts to propose tutorials and workshops for ISC 2018 ...

Frank Takes wins eScientist Award 2017 award for platform to investigate corporate tax avoidance ...

Hardware

Fujitsu receives order for Japan's fastest supercomputer system for AI applications ...

NVIDIA announces world's first AI computer to make robotaxis a reality ...

Deutsche Post DHL Group selects NVIDIA DRIVE PX for autonomous delivery truck fleet ...

Seeing the next dimension of computer chips ...

Applications

Scientists Amsterdam Science Park contribute to research behind Nobel Prize ...

International team reconstructs nanoscale virus features from correlations of scattered X-rays ...

With help of Piz Daint supercomputer towards solving the proton spin puzzle ...

Supercomputing aids experiments in sorting out the hidden mechanics of magnetic field reconnection, a key factor in solar storms and fusion energy reactors ...

Sandia's Direct Numerical Simulations enhance combustion efficiency, reduces pollution ...

Machine learning translates 'hidden' information to reveal chemistry in action ...

Dataset size counts for better predictions ...

Adriënne Mendrik expands on Grand Challenges in Computer Vision Magazine ...

SDSC Gateway provides advanced software and HPC tools needed by today's biologists ...