(HPC.Wire) The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) announced that its ICHEC computational scientist Dr. Niall Moran is leading a novel quantum simulation project in collaboration with partners at the Leibniz Supercomputing centre (LRZ) to develop quantum simulation tools for Europe’s largest supercomputers.
The project called QuantEx, is funded by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). The ICHEC led research is being carried out under PRACE WP8 ‘Emerging Technologies’. This WP is specifically for developing solutions, in the form of software, to address challenges posed by the rapidly changing HPC pre-Exascale landscape.
Dr Moran who is Principal Investigator and project leader of the PRACE WP8 QuantEx project at ICHEC said; “While actual quantum computing is still some way off, the simulation tools we are creating will advance the necessary concepts and skill-sets for quantum programming. This work is being conducted with world-class research teams across a number of Irish third-level institutions and will contribute to preparing Ireland for Quantum programming.”
“Quantum computers are considered promising, powerful potential alternatives to traditional supercomputers. They are not yet mature enough to produce meaningful scientific results, but while waiting for hardware improvements, simulations help,” Dr. Luigi Lapachino, High Performance Systems Expert, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Bavaria said. “The aim of QuantEx is to develop tools for the simulation of quantum circuits.”