Quantum computing employs the principles of quantum mechanics to perform certain types of calculations far faster than classical computers. By taking advantage of quantum mechanical effects like superposition and quantum interference, quantum computers can affect a significant speed boost for tasks including machine learning (ML), system optimization and the simulation of complex physical systems like molecules.
Unlike a classical computer that uses bits to represent either a 0 or a 1, quantum computers use qubits (short for quantum bits). These qubits can exist in a superposition, which means they can simultaneously be in both 0 and 1 states. Superposition enables quantum computers to perform calculations in parallel, a process that can achieve exponentially faster speeds than the computers we use daily.
It’s all about the math
Quantum computers are particularly adept at handling a type of calculation called combinatorics. This is a field of mathematics concerned with problems of selection, arrangement, and operation within a finite or discrete system.
Combinatoric calculations are used to find an arrangement of items that optimizes a specific goal. A good example of this is code-breaking, in which a nearly infinite number of permutations must be tried in order to crack a given cipher.
Today’s computers can iterate through billions of permutations to achieve the desired outcome, but the process is time-consuming and expensive. Quantum computing offers a faster, more efficient method of performing combinatoric calculations.
The present and future of quantum computing
Quantum computing promises to open new opportunities in AI, a field that relies on combinatoric processing to make predictions based on large data sets. It can also give an edge to financial institutions that fight for millisecond advantages in obtaining price information. Using quantum computing to speed up complex combinatoric calculations could give financiers an edge over the competition.
This tech may also be used to create emerging energy solutions like new battery technology. Batteries are a hot topic these days, with various tech titans racing to find a better way to power our future devices, vehicles, and infrastructure. Quantum computing will help designers better integrate new materials and learn how to optimize batteries for longevity and efficiency.
Biomedical researchers will use quantum computing to create complex models that help them better understand how atoms interact with one another. This, in turn, could lead to breakthroughs in drug development that would significantly speed the design, production and release of future therapies.
There’s no telling how much this emerging technology will impact our lives. But rest assured, scientists are hard at work trying to find out. As you read this, new quantum computing systems are coming online in aid of the technology that powers our lives every day.
High performance computing (HPC) has been in use for decades. It has served as a powerful and productive platform for scientists, researchers, and academics for some time now. Thanks to recent rapid advancements in processing power and connectivity, along with ever increasing new sources of real‑time information, HPC has become more accessible to every enterprise regardless of size of the organization and across all industries.
Simply put, HPC is enabling the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced data analytics in multiple industries across a broad array of use cases. As a result, the coalescence of HPC, AI and data analytics is driving opportunities to break new ground, make important discoveries and solve some of the most important challenges organizations are facing today.
Dell Technologies has the right expertise to help you build and grow your HPC practice
Dell Technologies has the scalable and flexible solutions set that has been specifically designed to help you to enable your customers to gain valuable insights and solve complex problems faster than ever before. In fact, they are one of the only companies in the world with a portfolio for HPC, AI and data analytics that includes workstations, servers, networking, storage, rack systems and services. Additionally, Dell Technologies HPC experts are part of a worldwide technical community that is actively dedicated to advancing HPC.
With HPC technology evolving so quickly, customers’ IT teams most likely do not have the resources to design, deploy and manage solution stacks optimized for HPC. This is a golden opportunity for solution providers to step in and help their customers out. The best way for solution providers to hit the ground running in this regard is to align themselves with a proven partner - one knows and understands everything about the HPC space.
Dell Technologies has been a leader in the advanced computing space for over a decade. They have a team of HPC, AI and data analytics experts who are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge by testing new technologies and tuning solutions to applications to help keep pace with a constantly evolving landscape. With years of experience and an ecosystem of curated technology and service partners, Dell Technologies provides the right technology to reduce complexity and help you empower customers to capitalize on a universe of data.
Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC
Dell Technologies EMC Ready Solutions gives every enterprise access to HPC, enabling partners to assist any small and medium size company to accelerate adoption of HPC. These domain‑specific configurations are designed, validated, and tuned by HPC engineers and workload/application experts. Dell EMC Ready Solutions are workload‑optimized rack‑level systems with servers, software, networking, storage, and services purposely designed to scale faster with the confidence of an engineering‑tested solution, while saving valuable time and resources.