(excerpt from the press release)
ISC 2022, Hamburg, May 31, 2022 – Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center, Australia’s leading supercomputing research facility, announces the installation of the world’s first diamond-based quantum computer at room temperature at its supercomputing center. The quantum accelerator used was developed by the German-Australian start-up Quantum Brilliance and is housed in a 19-inch server rack. It uses a synthetic diamond so it can work at room temperature, and therefore in almost any environment.
As part of this project, a quantum computer is integrated into a supercomputing center for the first time. With a field test, partners want to demonstrate and further test hybrid models of quantum and classical computing. To this end, the Quantum Brilliance quantum accelerator is coupled to Setonix, Pawsey’s new HPE Cray Ex supercomputer.
“The installation of the Quantum Brilliance quantum accelerator is an important step and a great example of Australia’s commitment to advancing quantum research and demonstrating the real benefits,” said Mark Stickells, executive director at Pawsey. “After the Covid border closures were lifted, we worked hard to finalize the installation of this quantum system. As part of our partnership, Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance are to jointly demonstrate how classical and quantum computing power can be combined in a way that has never been seen in an HPC environment. “
Andrew Horsley, CEO 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 shows the key role HPCs play in the collaborative 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 cell phones, cars, platforms and wherever it makes sense. Working with Pawsey is the first step to achieving this goal. ”
As part of the project, partners are developing a diagnostic and engineering solution to operate a quantum computer in an HPC environment. The team focuses on collecting and optimizing maintenance cycles, demonstrating the combination of computing power in classical and quantum computers (co-processing), and integrating the system with Setonix.
Pawsey supports the work of more than 4,000 scientists with his infrastructure and will take this opportunity to adapt them to quantum technology and help them with their algorithms.
The integration of the quantum accelerator with the HPC architecture is to show scientists how classical and quantum systems can work together. “We are creating a test environment where you can try out real applications. This enables scientists to work more efficiently and get results faster – for the benefit of science as a whole, ”says Mark Stickells. “We can’t wait to see how companies and scientists use HPC as a hub to discover novel classical quantum codes with Setonix and a quantum accelerator – a step into the future of hybrid computing.”
Australian research authority CSIRO has published a roadmap with recommendations in “Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry” – the partnership between Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance is an important milestone.