Quantum Bayesian Networks

November 18, 2017

Strange Connection Between ATOS corporation and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Quantum Computing Division

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 2:30 pm

The ATOS corporation, based in Bezons, France, has a really bad reputation in some countries like the UK. To see this, check out, for example, the “Controversy” section of the Wikipedia entry on ATOS.

On October 20, 2017, ORNL put out a press release entitled:
“Two ORNL-led research teams receive $10.5 million to advance quantum computing for scientific applications”

On Nov 13, 2017, ATOS put out the following press release: click here

This is very odd because a quantum simulator of 30 qubits is not considered leading edge nowadays. Google/ProjectQ have simulated 45 qubits and IBM has simulated 56 qubits. Furthermore, ORNL owns the Titan supercomputer, one of the largest supercomputers in the world. ORNL is at the forefront of HPC, so why did they buy an expensive albeit not very powerful French machine to do quantum simulations? Like selling coals to Newcastle, isn’t it? ATOS claims to offer a “Quantum Learning Machine” that runs a quantum language called aQasm, but their language is closed source. I haven’t found any tutorial, or examples, or open source software for it, no matter how hard I’ve looked. Why did ORNL, a DOE weapons lab in the very red #MAGA state of Tennessee, do something so un-MAGA and unpatriotic by MAGA standards, namely, to buy expensive French closed-source software and hardware when American companies like IBM and Google already provide an open-source quantum language and development kit and cloud usage of it for quantum simulations? Is this evidence of government waste, abuse or corruption, and does the government care?

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