March 21, 2019 - Jeffrey Cohen, President US Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc.
According to an announcement by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Perry on March 18, 2019, The DOE's Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL will host the first exascale classical computer, which is expected to deliver one quintillion floating point computations per second (an exaFLOP).
This high-level announcement of the agreement to spend USD $500M features statements from DOE Secretary Rick Perry, Argonne National Laboratory Director, Paul Kearns, Intel CEO Bob Swan, and Cray CEO Pete Ungaro. This is being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Lab, using new innovative future releases of Intel compute, memory, framework and software, and Cray networking technologies.
Assuming the High Performance Linpack (HPL) theoretical peak performance benchmark (Rpeak TFlop/s) was used to estimate the one quintillion FLOPS performance of Aurora, the new system would be approximately five times faster than the 2nd fastest supercomputer Summit (by IBM compute, software, framework, Nvidia graphical processing units, and Mellanox for networking), eight times faster than Sierra (IBM, Nvidia and Mellanox), and eight times faster than Sunway TaihuLight (Sunway) at solving dense systems of linear equations.
By 2021, the bar will be raised 5X to an exaFLOP scale. If this is a performance race, then we better get going. We together (quantum information scientists, hardware, software and networking creators) will have to work that much smarter to demonstrate that quantum technologies can solve very specific problems faster than the fastest classical supercomputers. We also need to continue developing the workforce of the future, and I congratulate University of Wisconsin at Madison for announcing a Masters Degree program in Quantum.
As an aside, a quintillion is a million trillions, and that is the number of operations per second that Aurora is expected to deliver.
Quantum Supremacy was discussed in 2012 by John Preskill in this important paper:
Preskill, John (2012-03-26). "Quantum computing and the entanglement frontier". arXiv:1203.5813 [quant-ph].
The Verge on June 12, 2018, here: The world's fastest classical computer, Summit, is in the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab. Produced by IBM (an IBM AC922 System) and Nvidia (Tesla V100 Graphics Processing Units, or GPUs) At a cost of $200M, this produces one fifth (1/5) of an exaFLOP.
The TOP500 list maintains a list of the top classical supercomputers and their performance benchmarks. The 52nd edition, from November 2018, was used in this article, and is found here.
University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a new Masters Degree in Physics-Quantum Computing here. Apply at https://grad.wisc.edu/. The application deadline for the fall 2019 semester is March 15, 2019.
AT&T's network handles 242 petabytes of data daily. Learn about their network innovations here:
March 14, 2019, Laying the Foundation of Our Network, By Amy Wheelus, Patrick Hamrock, Mazin Gilbert
AT&T Labs Research, is at the forefront of network innovation and data sciences (AI, ML and data visualization). Think about how much information the network creates...just for the OSS to better manage the network.
AT&T AirGig is cool too. Sending high-speed data traffic over power lines (literally over, not through them), then wirelessly connect to the business or remote farm/house at the other end of the power line.
I will be connecting with AT&T research to look at collaboration opportunities. Let me know your thoughts!
#network #innovation #datavisualization #itmanagement #ml #quantumtechnology
Argonne National Labs is having an NST Colloquium on Crafting Light at the Nanoscale with 2-D materials and metasurfaces tomorrow, March 20, 2019 at 11am CT. Speaker is Alexander High, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago. The search for new materials (nanomaterials) and the use of meta-surfaces (carving very shallow shapes on a silver film) to help create highly reflective, switchable mirrors should help with optics, networking and ultimately, quantum computing systems.
These new materials and methods could potentially create a dramatic improvement in commercially available computing systems for our clients. Keep up the good work Professor High!
Looks like a good conference in Florence, Italy for Quantum Computing. https://www.date-conference.com/conference/workshop-w08. Organized by Ali Javadi, IBM in the US. Looks like a good session for a consultant...it focuses on the role a computer scientist can play in quantum computing research. EPiQC is an NSF Expedition in Computing. The education session is hosted here at https://www.epiqc.cs.uchicago.edu/tutorial
I will find out more and post it here. Hope to see you there (possibly only online though...flights to Italy can be expensive).
10th International School ad Conference on Spintronics and Quantum Information Technology. June 24-27, Chicago IL. Hotel Intercontinental, 505 N. Michigan Ave. Chair is David Awschalom (whom I have met and enjoy listening to), and co-Chair is Michael Flatte' whom I look forward to meeting.
Pretty deep technical content (e.g., spintronic materials, structures and devices). Global, academic speakers list. First part of the conference is an orientation to the topic, followed by a working session aimed to stimulate progress. I may ask to present any early findings from US Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc.
Early registration is $600.
Strategic IT Management Consultant with a strong interest in Quantum Computing. Consulting for 29 years and this looks as interesting as cloud computing was in 2010.