Quantum Computing as a Service: how to access the quantum resources made available by CINECA
From March 1st 2021, CINECA will make available, free of charge, computing hours selected from the most advanced and mature quantum computing technologies currently available on the market to all Italian universities and research centers.
In particular, it will be possible to access:
- Quantum annealing resources, the use of which is possible thanks to the recent collaboration agreements between CINECA and the leading company in the quantum annealing sector, D-WAVE, which currently owns one of the most powerful quantum annealer in the world. Through the agreement, CINECA will make calculation hours available to the Italian scientific community both on the new D-WAVE computer, Advantage, which had a QPU of over 5000 qubits, and on the hybrid D-WAVE machines, modern supercomputers that combine the power of quantums. annealer with HPC resources, increasing the computing power of the machines to allow users to solve combinatorial optimization problems using a maximum of one million binary variables (equivalent, therefore, to a quantum annealer with one million qubits.
The agreement provides for a total of 55 hours to be distributed monthly between now and the end of the year (approximately 5 hours per month). Each hour is interchangeable with 20 hours of calculation on hybrid systems.
Quantum annealing resources will be awarded upon submission of an ISCRA-C project. It will be possible to request these resources starting from the first ISCRA-C call in March, whose deadline is scheduled for March 15, 2021; subsequently it will be possible to renew or open new projects for each ISCRA-C call, until the end of the hours available.
- Quantum computing resources on Pasqal machines. French start-up born in early 2019, Pasqal is a spin-off of the Institut d’Optique (IOGS), which has been studying physics problems for years, in particular many-body problems intractable with current HPC resources available worldwide. The first prototype of a quantum computer with neutral atom technology was born in the IOGS laboratories as early as 2011, thanks to the studies of Professor Antoine Browaeys, Professor Thierry Lahaye and their team of experts.
In this first exploratory phase, CINECA will give Italian universities and research centers the opportunity to test one or two projects of high scientific relevance and applicative interest, chosen through the requests received through the ISCRA portal, with the support of Pasqal. Applications must be received by March 15, 2021.
- HPC resources for emulation of quantum computing environments: to efficiently emulate a quantum computer, it is necessary to have a very powerful computer with a lot of RAM. From this point of view, CINECA has the most powerful public supercomputer in Europe (source: https://www.top500.org/), Marconi100. For this, the CINECA quantum computing team has created a new profile, called profile/quantum, which will allow all CINECA users to use a series of emulators pre-installed by us. To find out which emulators are currently installed on our systems and what their performance is, please refer to the following technical attachments:
Report: emulatori Quantum su Marconi-100 (PDF Version)
For more information on how to access Quantum Computing resources, please refer to the ISCRA project page.