SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Quantum Computing at the DOE Laboratories: Status and Future Directions

Authors: Travis Humble (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Yuri Alexeev (Argonne National Laboratory), Michael McGuigan (Brookhaven National Laboratory), Panagiotis Spentzouris (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), Jonathan Dubois (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Scott Pakin (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Bert de Jong (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Nathan Wiebe (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)), Ojas Parekh (Sandia National Laboratories)

Abstract: Quantum computing is developing rapidly as a key research topic with the potential to influence future generations of high-performance computing as well as other information technology. Quantum computers are also anticipated to enable a variety of new computing applications that address the multidisciplinary missions of the Department of Energy (DOE) for scientific discovery and national security. This BoF will focus on the role of quantum computing in research at the DOE national laboratories and the growing interactions with the broader HPC user community as well as exciting future research directions that arise from these new relationships.

Long Description: Quantum computing is quickly emerging as a key technology that offers the possibility of achieving major breakthroughs in many areas of science. It will be instrumental in advancing multidisciplinary areas of research, and it can potentially serve as the foundation for the next generation of post-Moore’s era computing and information processing as well as an array of other innovative technologies important to the DOE mission. In particular, it is expected that future quantum computers will be capable of solving certain extremely complex problems whose solution lies well beyond the capacity of contemporary and even future supercomputers that are based on conventional computing technologies.

As a part of this session, representatives from the DOE national laboratories who are actively participating in quantum computing research will present the current state of quantum computing in their laboratories and discuss future directions. This research includes the development of applications for specific scientific domains including chemistry, materials science, high-energy physics, and applied mathematics, as well as quantum computer science and system research, including compilers, languages, and resource estimates. The speakers will also discuss the currently available quantum computing resources, how to get access, and provide information regarding the efficient use of quantum processors.

Another important topic of discussion is hybrid quantum computing, where algorithms are performed on both classical and quantum computers to achieve optimal use of resources. The implications of hybrid quantum computing in relationship to HPC is a potentially important future direction. We will also discuss the current state of HPC quantum simulators.

By showcasing the on-going research at the DOE laboratories, we expect to generate feedback and comments on what is needed to accomplish current and upcoming research projects for all stakeholders. The discussions held during the BoF will hopefully inform participants about the current state of quantum computing at the DOE laboratories and foster enhanced cooperation with the HPC community.

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