This week, @taccutexas launched Frontera, the fastest supercomputer at any university and the fifth most powerful system in the world.⠀
Check this out...to match what Frontera can compute in just one second, a person would have to perform one calculation every second for about a billion years.⠀🤯
Since June, a select group of scientists have been computing on Frontera. Their applications — from quantum chemistry to simulations of the Big Bang, from modeling solar materials to predicting tumor growth and the future climate — represent the breadth of science Frontera will support.⠀ ⠀
The system is the result of a $60 million investment by @nsfgov to advance the next generation of leadership class computing.⠀
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⚛️ In case you’re not already aware, quantum computers are highly powerful machines that process information at a subatomic level. Quantum Computing is a field that’s advancing on a large scale and will be worth $ 495.3 Million by 2023. And just recently Australian scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) achieved a major breakthrough in the field of Quantum Computing. They have developed a super fast quantum computer that can efficiently solve complex problems at a rate that’s 200 times faster.
The research for the computer is being led by Michelle Simmons and her team who have developed a first and fastest ever two-qubit gate between phosphorus donor electrons in Silicon. This extremely small logic gate managed to complete an entire computer operation in just 0.8 seconds which is 200 times faster than other spin-based two-qubit gates. This two-qubit gate developed by the researchers is a fundamental building block of a scalable, silicon-based quantum computer.“We’ve really shown that it is possible to control the world at the atomic scale – and that the benefits of the approach are transformational, including the remarkable speed at which our system operates,” said Simmons.
To break it down a bit, quantum computing has data units called qubits which can be present in more than one state at a time unlike classic digital computing where the data is encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always present in one of the two definite states (0 or 1). These particles also exhibit entanglement where the change in states can affect each other. Qubit for this research are made up of single phosphorus atoms in silicon. This is because the atomic scale circuitry of silicon has the lowest electrical noise of any system yet.“This is a massive advance: to be able to control nature at its very smallest level so that we can create interactions between two atoms but also individually talk to each one without disturbing the other is incredible. A lot of people thought this would not be possible,” mentioned Simmons.
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⚛️ A leaked paper suggests that @google has achieved a milestone known as quantum supremacy, using a quantum computer to perform a calculation that couldn’t be achieved even with the world’s most powerful supercomputers.According to the Pastebin version of the paper, Google created a quantum computer named Sycamore with 54 quantum bits called qubits, 53 of which were functional. The researchers used it to perform a series of operations in 200 seconds that would take a supercomputer about 10,000 years to complete. 😯
@ibm is developing their own line of quantum computers and researchers there prefer to talk about “quantum advantage,” which they define as “the point at which quantum applications deliver a significant, practical benefit beyond what classical computers alone are capable.” The new result falls short of that standard.
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Warshel together with Martin Karplus and Michael Levitt successfully developed methods that combined quantum and classical mechanics to calculate the courses of chemical reactions using computers. They were awarded the 2013 Chemistry Prize for their discoveries. Photo: A. Mahmoud. .
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