Dell Technologies HPC Community Event
About the Event
Quantum computing offers the potential for orders of magnitude increases in addressing some computational problems. Skeptics may think that practical quantum computing is far off (or not possible), but the experts in the field are sure it's inevitable--and possibly the most revolutionary advanced in computing. There is global race to bring quantum computing into security applications (with billions in funding), and fierce competition among technology giants including IBM, Google, Microsoft, Honeywell, and others with smaller companies such as Righetti, IonQ, D-Wave, and many others (more than you probably think!) to bring quantum computing to mainstream enterprise and government applications. There is already a quantum computing market (also probably bigger than you think!), and now is the time for HPC centers and customers to get serious about their evaluations. In this conversation, Jay Boisseau will talk with William Hurley (aka "whurley") of Strangeworks and Bob Sorenson of Hyperion Research about the reality of quantum computing today and the imminent market growth, opportunities, and reasons to be very optimistic--and engage!
About the Speakers
whurley (William Hurley), 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].
Venkatesh Kannan, Technical Manager, ICHEC
Venkatesh Kannan works as the Technical Manager at the Irish Centre of High-End Computing (ICHEC), the national centre for high-performance computing (HPC) in Ireland, whose core mission is to deliver HPC-related capabilities and expertise to higher education institutions, enterprises, and public sector organizations on behalf of the Irish State.
At ICHEC, Venkatesh is responsible for defining and implementing the technological vision, strategy, and roadmap of the Centre’s activities in high-performance data analytics, big data management, artificial intelligence, optimization of computational workflows and applications on a variety of computing platforms including extreme-scale HPC clusters, edge computing devices, and quantum computing platforms.
Venkatesh also represents ICHEC in a number of Irish and European Union programs, activities, and projects.
Bob Sorensen, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Analyst for Quantum Computing, Hyperion Research
Bob Sorensen drives research and consulting efforts in the United States, European, and Asian-Pacific markets for technical servers, supercomputers, clouds, quantum computing and high performance data analysis. Bob is the lead analyst for Hyperion Research’s quantum computing program that looks at global R&D, technology, industry, and government trends in the quantum, computing sector. His areas of expertise include analysis of HPC hardware, architectures, interconnects, HPC benchmarking and performance analysis, and assessments of emerging and disruptive technology trends in the HPC and IT sector writ large. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in computer science from the George Washington University, and he strongly prefers C over Python.