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; 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 Speaker
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.
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].