Quantum Computing and HPC
Another scintillating and insightful episode of RFHPC is about Quantum Computing and HPC and how the two spaces are evolving and cooperating.
We welcome a a distinguished guest with a most suitable background to talk to us about HPC and Quantum Computing. Mike Booth, who’s been in supercomputing since 1979 including stints at Cray through 2000 where he ran the Software and Applications division and was later a GM at StorageTek heading the network storage division. He got into Quantum Computing when he joined D-Wave. He had just accepted to be the CTO of Quantum Computing, Inc. when we recorded this show.
We discuss and touch on how Quantum Computing and HPC interface, analog vs digital, qubits, magnets, resistors, connectors, cryogenics, algorithms, languages, the huge search spaces, NP-complete problems, quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (Qubo), Tabu search, etc. and how they are two different games right now but touching two sides of the big problems that represent grand challenges. Because QC is an accelerator, it fits nicely with how a lot of HPC is being done today.
ExaScale at Oakridge
- 100 Cray Shasta cabinets
- 40 MW power
- More than 1 million lbs weight
- 7,300 square feet
- 90 miles of cabling
- 5,900 gallons of water per minute for cooling
We don’t remember who exactly had a hard stop, but no time for Catch of the Week this week, which some of you would be pleased to hear!
Give it a listen (and take good notes!).