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Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

D-Wave Aims to Beat Any Classical Computer

Jan 23, 2014 |

For those of you following the D-Wave story, the designers of “the world’s first commercial quantum computer” have published a revealing blog entry detailing the company’s latest achievements. When Canadian startup D-Wave announced back in 2007 that it had developed a prototype quantum computing machine suitable for running commercial applications, the technical community paid attention, Read more…

Everything You Always Wanted to Ask D-Wave

Jan 13, 2014 |

Whether or not the D-Wave quantum computer is in actuality a quantum computer is a debate that HPCwire has been following since the project hatched in 2007. Early critics of the system claimed that it wasn’t a “real” quantum computer. Since that time, D-Wave has been winning over supporters, including Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Read more…

Behind the Scenes at Google’s Quantum AI Lab

Oct 23, 2013 |

“If you think you understand quantum physics, you don’t understand quantum physics.” — Richard Feynman, Quantum Theorist The first commercial quantum computer was pioneered by Canadian firm D-Wave Systems, which unveiled its first prototype, a 16-qubit superconducting adiabatic quantum processor, in 2008. This novel type of superconducting processor uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation. Read more…

Top 10 Hits and Misses for 2011

Dec 22, 2011 |

The supercomputing biz seems to have shaken off most of the after-effects of the global recession, with scads of new deployments large and small around the world. China, in particular, continued its big push into HPC, notching its first home-grown super. And Japan ushered in the era of 10-petaflop supercomputing this year with its world-beating K Computer. But, as always, not all the HPC news was rosy. Here are the top hits and misses for the year.

D-Wave Entangles with USC and Lockheed at New Quantum Computing Center

Oct 31, 2011 |

Another vote of confidence for D-Wave’s quantum computer chip.

The Weekly Top Five

May 26, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the NC State effort to overcome the memory limitations of multicore chips; the sale of the first-ever commercial quantum computing system; Cray’s first GPU-accelerated machine; speedier machine learning algorithms; and the connection between shrinking budgets and increased reliance on modeling and simulation.

D-Wave Sells First Quantum Computer

May 26, 2011 |

On Wednesday, D-Wave Systems made history by announcing the sale of the world’s first commercial quantum computer. The buyer was Lockheed Martin Corporation, who will use the machine to help solve some of their “most challenging computation problems.” D-Wave co-founder and CTO Geordie Rose talks about the new system and the underlying technology.

Google Demos Image Rec ‘Quantum Computer’

Dec 15, 2009 |

Web giant hooks up with D-Wave to develop quantum computing application.