Pawsey develops first indoor room-temperature quantum computer at supercomputing center – Material

(excerpt from press release)

ISC 2022, Hamburg, 31 May 2022 – The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, Australia’s leading supercomputing research facility, announces the installation of the world’s first room-temperature diamond quantum computer at its supercomputing centre. The quantum accelerator used was developed by German-Australian start-up Quantum Brilliance and fits into a 19-inch server rack. It uses synthetic diamond, which allows it to work at room temperature and therefore in almost any environment.

In this project, a quantum computer system is integrated into a supercomputer center for the first time. With the field trial, the collaborators want to further demonstrate and test hybrid models of quantum and classical computing. For this, the Quantum Brilliance quantum accelerator is combined with Setonix, the new state-of-the-art HPE Cray Ex supercomputer from Pawsey.

“The installation of the Quantum Brilliance quantum accelerator is an important step and a prime example of Australia’s commitment to advancing quantum research and demonstrating real benefits,” said Mark Stickells, executive director of Pawsey. “Following the lifting of the Covid-related border closures, we are working steadily to complete the installation of this quantum system. In our collaboration, Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance aim to jointly demonstrate how classical and quantum computing power can be combined in a way never seen before in an HPC environment.”

Andrew Horsley, Managing Director of Quantum Brilliance, states: “For Quantum Brilliance, the installation is an important step. Our goal is to make quantum technology smaller, more flexible and usable everywhere. This field trial demonstrates the central role that HPCs are playing in the co-development of quantum technologies – and how they can help improve technology and accelerate product development.” Andrew Horsley continued: “From mainframe to mainstream – this is our vision for quantum technology. So that they can be used in mobile phones, cars, for platforms and wherever it makes sense. Working with Pawsey is a first step towards achieving this goal.”

As part of the project, the partners are developing a diagnostic and engineering solution for running a quantum computer in an HPC environment. The focus for the team is on collecting and optimizing maintenance cycles, demonstrating the combination of the computing power of classical and quantum computers (co-processing), and integrating the system with Setonix.

Pawsey supports the work of more than 4,000 researchers with its infrastructure and will use this opportunity to qualify them for quantum technology and help them with their algorithms.

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The integration of the quantum accelerator into the HPC architecture is intended to show researchers how classical and quantum systems can work together. “We are creating a test environment in which real applications can be tested. This enables researchers to work more efficiently and get results faster – science as a whole benefits from this,” says Mark Stickells. “We look forward to seeing how companies and scientists use HPC as a hub to explore new classical quantum codes with Setonix and the quantum accelerator – a step into the future of hybrid computing.”

Australian science authority CSIRO has published a roadmap with recommendations in “Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry” – the partnership between Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance is a major milestone.


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