Ampere is a high-performance conventional microprocessor company founded by a former president of Intel Corporation that develops cloud-native high-performance microprocessors. Their flagship product is called Altra Max, which has up to 128 Arm v8.2 cores with frequency up to 3.0 GHz and supports 128 lanes of high-speed PCIe Gen4 memory and 8×72 ECC protected DDR4 3200. As readers of this website know, a major trend in the quantum industry is to combine the power of a quantum computer with a high-performance classical computer for use in hybrid quantum/classical algorithms such as QAOA and EQV. The companies agreed to integrate the Rigetti QPUs with the Ampere Altra Max to provide an optimized solution for hybrid cloud processor installations for machine learning and other applications. The companies have also agreed to optimize Rigetti’s quantum computing simulation software to run on Ampere Altra Max processors. This simulation software will allow a user who has created a quantum program to characterize and debug it on a high-performance classical computer before starting to run it on a real quantum computer. Although the simulation may not address as large a problem as one that could ultimately run on the quantum computer, it is still useful to run a scaled down version of the problem that the classical computer can handle in order to test. the algorithms. Still, high-performance classical computing is very useful for these simulations, because it requires a lot of classical processing power, even when simulating a program with only a few dozen qubits. You can view a press release with this partnership announcement here.
February 16, 2022