Quantum Brilliance brings quantum power to supercomputer


Australian National University spin-out Quantum Brilliance is to add elements of quantum computing capabilities to one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers housed at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth.

Quantum Brilliance will install what it says is the world’s first diamond quantum computing accelerator at the Centre.

Accelerators do not require near absolute zero temperatures or complex laser systems to operate like mainframe quantum computing computers.

However the quantum accelerator will enable scientists add quantum computing capability to their existing advanced infrastructure.

Pawsey’s executive director Mark Stickells said: “We are excited to explore the potential of this technology for Australian researchers to further accelerate their scientific workflows using the potential of quantum computing within…a national research supercomputing centre.”

Research will focus on machine learning, logistics, defence, aerospace, quantum finance and quantum research.

The installation has been supported by the ANU and the federal government’s accelerating commercialisation grants, which are supporting the development of Australian manufacturing capabilities in quantum computing.

Quantum Brilliance’s quantum accelerator is a hardware and software system that comes with a complete set of tools to help create new computing capabilities.

Quantum Brilliance CEO Andrew Horsley said: “Because of our unique diamond-based technology, customers can run our quantum computers themselves.

“We are one of a very small handful of companies with the capability to deliver quantum computing hardware directly to customers.”

Quantum Brilliance and Pawsey technicians are finalising the quantum accelerator’s configuration, with installation at the centre scheduled for June.

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said ANU’s goal was to create a billion-dollar spin-out through supporting companies like Quantum Brilliance.

Schmidt said: “Quantum Brilliance is a company in its early days.

“But backing it now could lead to huge payoffs for all of us.”

Quantum Brilliance is a venture-backed Australian-German company.

Picture: Quantum Brilliance

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