Sept. 15, 2023 — NVIDIA, ParTec, and the Jülich Supercomputing Centre are establishing a new laboratory to explore hybrid quantum-classical computing based on the NVIDIA quantum computing platform. JSC will host the lab as part of the Jülich Unified Infrastructure for Quantum Computing (JUNIQ).
The goal is to run high-performance, low-latency quantum-classical computing workloads. Currently, JUNIQ uses the JUWELS booster system with 3,744 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core accelerators for its simulations.
The NVIDIA quantum computing platform enables tight integration of quantum and classical computing through the open-source CUDA Quantum programming model and the NVIDIA cuQuantum software development kit for first-class simulations.
JSC plans to test the system incrementally and will use the NVIDIA CUDA Quantum programming model to program and integrate quantum processors into the modular Jülich Exascale supercomputing architecture.
The partnership between NVIDIA, JSC, and ParTec (a hardware-agnostic system provider) enables the unification of quantum computing and GPU supercomputing. This collaboration will bring quantum-classical computing to a broader audience and take a major step toward the first quantum-accelerated supercomputer. Hybrid quantum-classical systems have the potential to solve complex problems that cannot be addressed by classical computing alone. This will give scientists and researchers access to powerful tools and resources to achieve breakthroughs in chemistry and materials sciences. The new laboratory could thus also drive scientific progress in many other disciplines and industries.
About Jülich Supercomputing Centre
The Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) has been operating the first German supercomputing centre since 1987, and with the Jülich Institute for Advanced Simulation it is continuing the long tradition of scientific computing at Jülich. Computing time at the highest performance level is made available to researchers in Germany and Europe by means of an independent peer-review process.
Since its founding in 1993, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) has been a pioneer in accelerated computing. The company’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined computer graphics, ignited the era of modern AI and is fueling industrial digitalization across markets. NVIDIA is now a full-stack computing company with data-center-scale offerings that are reshaping industry. More information at https://nvidianews.nvidia.com.
ParTec designs, builds, and supports purpose-built supercomputing solutions. As a hardware-agnostic system provider, ParTec AG works with leading technology companies, integrating a broad range of products and technologies of different origin and maturity into total systems solutions, including novel computing technologies like quantum computing. The foundation of ParTec’s approach is the Modular Supercomputing Architecture, which was developed in collaboration with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre as a novel heterogeneous system design for high-performance computing.