Disruptive Technologies SC07 "The disruptive technologies panel serves as a forum for examining those technologies that may significantly reshape the world of high-performance computing (HPC) in the next five to fifteen years, but which are not common in today's systems. Generally speaking, a disruptive technology is a technological innovation or product that eventually overturns the existing dominant technology or product in the marketplace. Disruptive Technologies showcases these technologies in two panel sessions and in a competitively-selected exhibit showcase." This year's showcase featured quantum computing, optical interconnects, CMOS photonics, carbon nanotube memory, and software for massively-parallel multicore processors. The two panel sessions explored potential for disruptions in each major component of HPC architecture: processors, memory, interconnects, and storage.
Progress in Quantum Computing SC07 Panel discussion and HPCWire summary by DiVincenzo. "Hardware to perform quantum information processing is being developed on many fronts. Representing points of view from academia, government, and industry, this panel will give an indication of how work is progressing on quantum computing devices and systems, and what the theoretical possibilities and limitations are in this quantum arena." Panel members included David DiVincenzo (IBM), Wim Van Dam (UCSB), Mark Heiligman (ODNI), Geordie Rose (∂-wave), and Will Oliver (Lincoln Lab).
Rabi, Ramsey, fidelity, 1/f noise, T1, T2 MIT EECS Biercuk (MTO) brings back the "Donald Duck" technical thread calling for further clarification on fidelity, 1/f noise, T1, T2 Rabi and Ramsey at the new Vatican. Farhi, Chuang, Shor, and Viola follow-up with the same fundamental questions at Amin and Berkley's MIT talk, covered in further detail by Scott Aaronson at Shtetl-Optimized.