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NVIDIA's breakthroughs redefine quantum computing landscape
Thu, 21st Mar 2024

NVIDIA Technologies and its partners have made new strides in quantum computing. Their collective efforts have engendered commendable advances in science and finance research, education, and the development of supercomputers.

High up on the list of results is the investigation of molecules using a large language model. Researchers in Canada and the U.S. pursued this, utilizing the model to simplify quantum simulations, a technique that equips scientists with the capability to probe molecules meticulously. "This new quantum algorithm opens the avenue to a new way of combining quantum algorithms with machine learning," said Alan Aspuru-Guzik, a Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

The algorithm was supported by CUDA Quantum, a hybrid programming model for GPUs, CPUs, and the QPUs used in quantum systems. The research was conducted on Eos, NVIDIA's H100 GPU supercomputer. Worth mentioning is that the software derived from this undertaking will be accessible to researchers in healthcare, chemistry and other pertinent fields.

The versatility of NVIDIA's technology further extends to finance, particularly in the prevention of fraudulent transactions. At HSBC, researchers developed a quantum machine learning application that could detect inconsistencies in digital payments. This quantum machine learning algorithm was capable of simulating 165 qubits on NVIDIA GPUs, an impressive feat considering research papers generally don't extend beyond 40 of these fundamental calculating units.

Educationally, NVIDIA has collaborated with close to two dozen universities to prepare the next generation of computer scientists for the quantum era. The objective of this collaboration is to design curricula and teaching materials around CUDA Quantum. Therese Mayer, Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University, highlighted that bridging the gap between traditional computers and quantum systems is crucial to computing's future.

On another front, NVIDIA and several other organisations collaborated to sponsor QHack, a quantum hackathon held in February. Gopesh Dahale of Qkrishi, a quantum company based in India, emerged victorious after developing an algorithm that could simulate a material crucial for designing superior batteries.

Exciting progress has been made in hybrid quantum-classical computing with the deployment of two new systems. To begin with, ABCI-Q at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will become one of the largest supercomputers servicing quantum computing research. Secondly, an NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD will be stationed in Denmark at the Novo Nordisk Foundation to expedite the country's national plan to advance quantum technology.

Further, Israeli startup Classiq has introduced a new integration with CUDA Quantum that will allow researchers to harvest the potential of today's quantum hardware and advance their work in future algorithms. Also, ORCA Computing, a UK-based quantum systems developer, showcased its quantum machine learning running on its photonics processor utilising CUDA Quantum.

To conclude, NVIDIA's technology has proven instrumental in redefining the frontier of quantum computing. Through fruitful partnerships with prestigious universities, large corporations, and startups, the quantum era has been launched on the world stage.