Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
October 27th at 10:00am CDT
A Quantum Conversation - Part 2
with by Jay Boisseau, HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies; Ken Durazzo, Vice President of Technology Research and Innovation, Dell Technologies; Aparna Prabhakar, Vice President IBM Quantum Partner Ecosystem, IBM; Hal Stern, VP and CIO, Janssen; and whurley, Founder and CEO, Strangeworks
About the Event
Quantum computing promises revolutionary performance—orders of magnitude greater than classical computing—which is of tremendous interest to HPCers and leaders in government agencies, research laboratories, and leading companies across industry verticals. The applications for optimization problems alone—financial modeling, traffic analysis, etc.—are huge, as is the potential for impact in cybersecurity, machine learning, weather forecasting, drug development, and more. However, there are many challenges remaining to make quantum computing practical and widely used, and it likely will not be a replacement of classical computing even in these areas, but rather a (tremendous) accelerator. The questions of which hardware approaches will prove viable first, which applications will provide greatest real-world benefit (and when), and how such systems will be integrated into classical HPC systems and data centers are all still be explored and evaluated. The world, collectively—countries and companies, from startup to global tech giants—are investing billions of dollars to be first and best. Dell Technologies recently announced its initial efforts in QC, with an eye towards democratizing quantum computing and towards designing integrated classical-quantum computing solutions.
In this conversation, we will build on the first conversation held in February 2021, fueled by massive changes in the QC landscape this year and the growing intensity of the race to QC leadership. The implications are huge, and this conversation is particularly relevant to HPCers as we will contribute to integrated systems development and the applications development the realize the potential of QC in science, business, and government. Join us as Ken Durazzo of Dell Technologies, whurley of Strangeworks, and Aparna Prabhakar of IBM field questions from Jay Boisseau and from you about the potential, pitfalls, and prospects for QC and integrated classical-quantum HPC systems
About the Speakers
Jay Boisseau, HPC & AI Technology Strategist, Dell Technologies
Jay Boisseau is an experienced, recognized leader and strategist in advanced computing technologies, with over 25 years of experience in building and leading computing programs, departments, and organizations. As the AI & HPC Technology Strategist at Dell Technologies, Jay evaluates new technologies and approaches for HPC and machine/deep learning, assesses customers’ workloads needs and plans, and helps design new solutions to increase customers’ innovation, productivity, and efficiency. His current primary focus areas are cloud-enabled HPC for simulation, data analytics, and AI workloads, and large-scale/high-end solutions for HPC and AI. Additional projects include evaluations of several new AH & HPC technologies and leading the Dell Technologies HPC Community.
Before coming to Dell Technologies in 2014, Jay created the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin and led it (2001-14) to world prominence. Under Jay’s leadership, TACC deployed numerous world-class computing systems for U.S. open scientific research and developed new programs to enable thousands of researchers to accomplish more with these powerful technologies. Prior to TACC, Jay worked as an associate director at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (1996-2001) and at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (1994-96). Jay received his doctorate in astronomy from UT Austin for his advanced computational research in modeling the structure supernovae explosions.
Ken Durazzo, Vice President of Technology Research and Innovation, Dell Technologies
Ken has over 20 years of experience as a technology leader, working for some of the largest global tech companies. Ken's experiences span Enterprise Network Innovation, Service Chaining, SDN, Internet Scale and Branch Office Routers, Data Center Switches, Security, Wan and Application Optimization, Server Load Balancing, and Wireless LAN technologies.
In leading the OTCO Research Office (ORO) he primarily focuses on ensuring that the company is well aware of emergent technology inflections and the potential impact on the company. This work has led to exploration in a myriad of future impact technologies such as Quantum computing, Carbon Nanotube Memory, Heterogeneous computing acceleration, and virtualization, to name a few.
He is an accomplished speaker at many industry events, on a wide range of topics. Ken achieved Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, has 60 granted patents, and several more patents pending.
Aparna Prabhakar, Vice President IBM Quantum Partner Ecosystem, IBM
Aparna Prabhakar is responsible for worldwide IBM Quantum Partner ecosystem & alliances. She leads development, enablement and nurturing a network of Quantum partners aimed at advancing Quantum technology.
Previously, Aparna Prabhakar was an executive leader in IBM Corporate Strategy Office responsible for developing strategic outlook and recommendations for IBM C-suite leaders in areas of AI, Quantum computing, Power Systems, Cloud Infrastructure, and hybrid cloud.
She has track record of delivering business impact having previously closed sales commitments greater than $400 Million annually in Asia Pacific; and developed cutting edge semiconductor technology.
Beyond IBM, Aparna Prabhakar is deeply passionate about encouraging and enabling women in technology and actively mentors STEM women worldwide. She is on advisory board with local government NGOs working with at-risk youth to explore careers in STEM.
Hal Stern, VP and CIO, Janssen
Hal Stern is the VP and CIO of Janssen R&D, where his team designs and delivers end-to-end systems to support discovery, early development, clinical development, regulatory, safety, and quality processes. He works closely with the R&D senior leadership team to deliver technology strategies that fuel the continued discovery and product development of medicines. Hal is the acting co-CTO for Accumulus Synergy, an industry consortium redefining regulatory submission systems.
Hal has strong interests in data science, non-traditional and applied computing techniques, security, privacy, large-scale networking, and intellectual property management and policies. He is a member of the Open Source Working Group and co-sponsor of the ASIA Employee Resource Group.
Hal joined Janssen from Merck & Company, where he was AVP, Merck Research Labs Engineering. Before joining Merck, Hal had a 25-year career in the technology industry, with a variety of software and services leadership positions at Juniper Networks, Oracle Corporation, and Sun Microsystems.
He is co-inventor on 11 United States patents in the areas of networking, security, and user experience and co-author of three technical books: “Managing NFS & NIS” (O’Reilly), “Blueprints for High Availability” (Wiley), and “Professional WordPress: Design and Development” (Wrox/Wiley). Hal holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, and he serves on the graduate board of the Colonial Club of Princeton, on the advisory board of Sympatic, and as a board member of the NJ Devils Youth Hockey Club. Hal and his wife Toby have two adult children, and outside of work he plays the bass guitar, coaches Under-8 Mite ice hockey, and enjoys live music, photography, cooking, reading, and travel.
whurley, Founder and CEO, Strangeworks
whurley is founder and CEO of Strangeworks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, A Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Chairman of the Quantum Computing Standards Workgroup at the IEEE, the first Ambassador to CERN and Society, a regular contributor to TechCrunch on the topic of Quantum Computing, and the co-author of "Quantum Computing For Babies”. Prior to starting Strangeworks he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs [NYSE: GS]. He came to Goldman Sachs via the acquisition of his second startup, Honest Dollar. Prior to Honest Dollar whurley founded Chaotic Moon Studios which was acquired by Accenture [NYSE: ACN].