The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center has announced the installation of the world’s first room-temperature quantum computer in the Supercomputing Center.
The quantum accelerator used was developed by German-Australian startup Quantum Brilliance and fits into a 19″ server rack. It uses synthetic diamond, which allows it to operate at room temperature and therefore in almost any environment.
In this project, a quantum computer system is integrated into a supercomputer center for the first time. Through field testing, the partners want to demonstrate and test hybrid models of quantum and classical computing. For this purpose, the Quantum Brilliance quantum accelerator is paired with Setonix, the new HPE Cray Ex supercomputer from Pawsey.
“The installation of the Quantum Brilliance Accelerator is an important step and a key example of Australia’s commitment to advancing quantum research and demonstrating real-world benefits,” said Mark Steckles, executive director at Pawsey. “After the Covid-related border shutdown was lifted, we were working very hard to finish installing this quantum system. In our partnership, Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance aim to demonstrate how to combine the power of classical and quantum computing in a way never seen before in an HPC environment.”
Andrew Horsley, CEO of Quantum Brilliance, stated, “For quantum fluorescence, stabilization is an important step. Our goal is to make quantum technology smaller, more flexible and usable everywhere. This field experiment demonstrates the central role HPCs play in the joint development of quantum technologies – and how They can help improve technology and speed up product development.” Andrew Horsley continued: “From the mainframe to the basic — that’s our vision for quantum technology. So it can be used in mobile phones, cars, platforms, and anywhere that makes sense. Working with Pawsey is the first step toward achieve this goal.”
As part of the project, the partners are developing a diagnostic and engineering solution to run a quantum computer in an HPC environment. The team’s focus is on collecting and optimizing maintenance cycles, demonstrating the combination of classical and quantum computing power (co-processing) and system integration with Setonix.
Pawsey supports the work of more than 4,000 researchers with its infrastructure and will use this opportunity to make them fit for quantum technology and to assist them with their algorithms.
The integration of a quantum accelerator into the HPC architecture aims to show researchers how classical and quantum systems can work together. “We are creating a testing environment in which real applications can be tried. This enables researchers to work more efficiently and get results faster – science as a whole benefits from this,” says Mark Stickels. “We look forward to seeing how companies and scientists use HPC as a hub for exploring quantum codes. Neoclassicism with Setonix and a quantum accelerator–a step toward the future of hybrid computing.”
The Australian science body CSIRO has published a roadmap with recommendations in ‘Developing the Quantum Technology Industry in Australia’ – the partnership between Pawsey and Quantum Brilliance is an important milestone.