Will Zeng from Rigetti visits us

We have recently received a distinguished visitor at QUANTIC, Will Zeng who is one of the software leaders in the new startup Rigetti Computing, which aim at building a quantum computer. The company recently opened up their 19-qubit small quantum computer for remote user access through their cloud environment. The researchers at QUANTIC are already testing this new technological wonder.

Will led the development of the software and theory teams at Rigetti Computing, including the Forest quantum programming environment.  He started working with superconducting qubits in Michel Devoret and Andreas Wallraff’s labs before his PhD at Oxford on the mathematical structure of quantum algorithms.

It was nice having you around Will!

Will and Alba posing in front of Mare Nostrum 4 at BSC.

We are on Twitter!

Our group has launched a twitter account, @QUANTIC_BSC

Our twitter profile. It’s a Q, using the loop of a flux qubit.

We will be generating content as news from our group and from the world on quantum computation, simulation and in general quantum technologies unfold.

Follow us if you want to be up to date!

Two new TFG students!

Sergi Ramos and Sergi Duaigües have joined QUANTIC to work on their TFG (‘treball de final de grau’, or undergraduate thesis). They will both join Prof. J. I. Latorre’s theory team to work on coherent quantum annealing and variational quantum algorithms, respectively. They will stay until the end of the semester. Welcome to QUANTIC!

New PhD student!

The QUANTIC family is growing. A new PhD student, Carlos Bravo Prieto, joined the team to work on quantum algorithms. Carlos will be based at UB under Prof. J. I. Latorre. He will work closely with the experimental team at BSC to design a first generation of algorithms for real quantum computers. Welcome Carlos!

New group member

MSc. Chris W. Warren joined the QUANTIC group as a ‘Research Engineer’. Chris will join the experimental team to set up the first generation of experiments with superconducting qubits. Chris just finished his Master thesis at the Institute for Quantum Computation (University of Waterloo) under the supervision of Prof. C. M. Wilson.

Welcome Chris!

Pol Forn-Díaz awarded MISTI Seed Fund

Dr. Pol Forn-Díaz has been awarded the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative Seed Fund, together with MIT Professor William D. Oliver and Dr. Simon Gustavsson. The 20,000 USD grant is awarded by the MIT-Spain – “La Caixa” Foundation.

The award will strengthen the already existing collaboration between the BSC and MIT groups in their project to build a superconducting quantum processor.

QUANTIC group highlighted at the BSC day

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center celebrates its special day when the winter holiday period approaches. This year the event was marked by the recent news of the award to BSC of the project EuroHPC to coordinate the endeavor of producing European-made computer chips, and become a sovereign chip producer. More extended coverage of the news here (in Spanish).

During the presentation by BSC director Mateo Valero and associate director Josep Martorell, an overview of the year 2017 was given, with special emphasis on the start of MareNostrum 4. As a highlight of 2017, the creation of our group QUANTIC had its moment, particularly since some are already wondering when will BSC host a quantum computer.

Josep Martorell, BSC vice director, highlighting the creation of Quantic Group.