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Dell, IonQ, Nvidia headline quantum announcements from SC22

By Dan O'Shea posted 15 Nov 2022

The SC22 supercomputing event is happening this week in Dallas, and already there have been a couple of notable quantum related announcements.

For starters, classical computing giant Dell has worked with pure-play quantum computing IonQ on projects focused on using quantum computing as an accelerant for classical computing, and this week Dell unveiled its next step forward in that direction.

The company announced availability in the U.S. and Canada of the Dell Quantum Computing Solution, which leverages the Dell classic-quantum simulator built on PowerEdge servers in combination with quantum computing capabilities from IonQ to enable a hybrid classical-quantum emulation offering. A statement said the solution “integrates quantum computing into existing classical computational infrastructure. Fully integrated Qiskit Dell Runtime and IonQ Aria software allow quantum workloads to run with on-premises or cloud-based quantum acceleration.”

The announcement comes almost exactly one year after Dell discussed how it was working with IonQ on hybrid classical-quantum efforts that involved Dell’s PowerEdge server technology. Prior to that, Dell had talked about how it was using IBM’s QisKit Runtime on a hybrid emulation test project.

In another news announcement connected with SC22, Nvidia has updated its cuQuantum software development kit, which is designed to accelerate quantum computing workflows to include support for approximate tensor network methods. “This allows researchers to simulate tens of thousands of qubits, as well as automatically enables multi-node, multi-GPU support for quantum simulation with unparalleled performance using the cuQuantum Appliance,” Nvidia said in a statement.

Semiconductor giant Nvidia over the last year increasingly has positioned itself as a quantum computing player through numerous partnerships involving cuQuantum, as well as the July 2022 announcement of its QODA unified programming framework.

Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.

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