Light-based Quantum Computer Exceeds Fastest Classical Supercomputers

For the first time, a quantum computer made from photons—particles of light—has outperformed even the fastest classical supercomputers.

Physicists led by Chao-Yang Lu and Jian-Wei Pan of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Shanghai performed a technique called Gaussian boson sampling with their quantum computer, named Jiŭzhāng. The result, reported in the journal Science, was 76 detected photons—far above and beyond the previous record of five detected photons and the capabilities of classical supercomputers.

Unlike a traditional computer built from silicon processors, Jiŭzhāngis an elaborate tabletop setup of lasers, mirrors, prisms and photon detectors. It is not a universal computer that could one day send e-mails or store files, but it does demonstrate the potential of quantum computing.

Last year, Google captured headlines when its quantum computer Sycamore took roughly three minutes to do what would take a supercomputer three days (or 10,000 years, depending

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Deloitte Fast 500: CEOs of Seattle’s fastest growing companies share their secrets of success

Innovation is more critical now than ever. It is not simply a matter of the latest technology or trend but rather about solving human problems, of which there’s no shortage these days. From income inequality to COVID-19 to social injustice, this is indeed a time of disruption, the perfect theater for innovative ideas and solutions to take center stage. 

Our region has a long history of innovation. The first backpack, online bookstore, kidney dialysis machines, vinyl records, and only one of two states to pass board diversity legislation: these are just a few innovations that the Pacific Northwest region has pioneered over many years. 

It is perhaps due to this rich tradition of combined technological innovation and social progress that makes the future of the Pacific Northwest even more promising. Emerging growth companies, a bright spot in our economy, are popping up by the dozens and remain a driving force

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Tachyum Joins I4DI to Design World’s Fastest AI Supercomputer in Slovakia

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2020 — Tachyum Inc. today announced the formation of I4DI (Innovations for Digital Infrastructure), a partnership of innovative EU and global technology leaders brought together to develop European-based supercomputing solutions to advance the region’s capabilities in solving the performance, power and efficiency issues challenging the industry today.

In addition to Tachyum, fellow founding members PosAm and Towercom are lending their expertise, along with partners SAV (Slovak Academy of Science) and MIRRI (Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization) who are bringing their relevant capabilities and experience to the development of the National Supercomputing Centre (NSC) in Slovakia.

This Slovakian universal computing center will showcase the world’s first universal processor Prodigy, capable of switching seamlessly among hyperscale, AI and HPC workloads. Its class leading performance, efficiency, and cost is expected to garner international attention while accelerating migration of Prodigy-based solutions to public and private cloud infrastructures.

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C Spire Fiber rated as Mississippi’s fastest broadband internet service

RIDGELAND, Miss., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — C Spire Fiber, which offers consumers Gigabit symmetrical broadband internet access, live streaming TV and home phone services, has been verified as Mississippi’s fastest internet service provider by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

The analysis by Ookla1 determined that C Spire Fiber delivered the fastest average internet download speeds in Mississippi over all other providers, including its two main competitors, AT&T and Comcast Xfinity during the third quarter of 2020 – 100 % faster than AT&T and 25 % faster than Xfinity. To determine speed performance. Ookla analyzed consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest® on a fixed network.

C Spire Fiber is a division of C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, and operates the nation’s 11th largest fiber-optic provider and one of the nation’s largest Gigabit-internet fiber-to-the-home program with its reliance on all-fiber, ultra-fast symmetrical speed broadband

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World’s fastest supercomputers: Fugaku is still No. 1 at 3X the speed of No. 2

The latest semiannual TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is topped by Fugaku, the same machine that won in June. Built by Fujitsu, Fugaku is three times as fast as its nearest rival.

TOP500 says that competition for its list seems to be lessening, with the full list of 500 systems having the fewest number of new entries since the organization started its tracking. The list is updated every June and November and has tracked the development of supercomputer performance and architecture since 1993. Nevertheless, two brand new systems managed to break into the top 10 list on their first try.

The new top 10 list also includes two supercomputers that are installed in commercial settings rather than research environments.

The slowest system on the list of 500 scored 1.32PFLOP/sec on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, up from 1.23PFLOP/sec recorded in the June 2020 rankings. The HPL

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