A quantum computer inside a high-performance system

Bringing quantum computing into everyday research and work: This is the goal the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) is working towards together with many other research institutions and private companies. One of the plans entails embedding a quantum processor (QPU) from the Finnish-German start-up IQM Quantum Computers in the LRZ's supercomputers, thus making it possible to develop the still missing control and monitoring functions for future technology. In their white paper "Bringing Quantum Acceleration to Supercomputers", specialists from IQM and LRZ describe which steps are necessary and how hybrid computing will work in the future: "Accelerators are the key to developing more energy-efficient systems that enable exa-scale supercomputers," the authors state. They add that "quantum computers are among the most promising accelerators because they represent a different computational paradigm." Integration will strongly change the architecture of and work with a supercomputer: "In high-performance computing, this means rethinking the entire simulation pipeline, starting with the mathematical model." Hybrid computing requires standardised interfaces as well as new scheduling tools that distribute computing jobs to the appropriate resources. This, in turn, will also influence the development of algorithms: "Software that has been developed over the years by the HPC community must be carefully analysed in order to take advantage of quantum computing. The whitepaper about the the changes in supercomputing brought about by quantum processors.

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