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    Huawei announces HiQ quantum computing simulator

    By Paul Hill · Oct 12, 2018 06:02 EDT0

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    The Chinese tech firm, Huawei, has announced a new cloud service platform for simulating a quantum computer called HiQ. The service, aside from including a quantum computing simulator, also includes a quantum programming framework in order to develop software for the simulator. The HiQ platform will be open to the public in order to enable quantum research and education in the field.

    Outlining the capabilities of the platform, Huawei said that it can simulate circuits with 42-qubits for full-amplitude simulations, and 81-qubits for single amplitudes, with low-depth single-amplitude circuits being able to reach 169-qubits.

    Discussing HiQ, Huawei’s Chief Quantum Computing Software and Algorithm Scientist, Dr. Man-Hong Yung, said:

    “Quantum computation is a revolutionary technology that is different from classical computing. It is also a future-oriented core technology for cloud computing. Quantum algorithms provide a new perspective to AI algorithms, inspiring better classical AI algorithms and offering more powerful computing capability. Huawei has taken a critical step towards the research and innovation of quantum computing by releasing the HiQ cloud service platform, and will continue to invest in quantum computing in the future. Huawei’s HiQ will be fully open to the public, inviting developers, researchers, teachers, and students, to jointly innovate and promote technological research and industrialization of quantum computing.”

    With HiQ, Huawei will be taking its initial foray into research and innovation within the realm of quantum computing. It described HiQ as a win-win cooperation between academia and industry as the prior would see technological breakthroughs, and the latter would further develop their “research and industrialisation” in quantum computing.

    It'll definitely be interesting to see how academics utilise HiQ and other tools like it in the future as the world moves more towards quantum computing.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/huawei-announces-hiq-quantum-computing-simulator
     
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    Huawei Unveils Quantum Computing Simulation HiQ Cloud Service Platform

    Oct 12, 2018

    [Shanghai, China, October 12, 2018] At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei has released a cloud service platform for quantum computing simulation — HiQ, which includes a quantum computing simulator and a quantum programming framework on the simulator.

    Based on Huawei cloud's powerful computing capability, HiQ provides cloud services with both full and single-amplitude simulations. Specifically, the HiQ platform can simulate quantum circuits with at least 42-qubits for full-amplitude simulations, and at least 81 qubits for single amplitudes. In addition, for low-depth circuits, the qubit number can reach 169 for single-amplitude simulations. It is the best cloud services for quantum circuit simulation. Huawei's HiQ cloud platform for quantum computing simulation will be fully open to the public as an enabling platform for quantum research and education.

    HiQ is equipped with a distributed architecture and an algorithmic optimizer to overcome challenges associated with memory capacity and network delays. Moreover, a quantum error correction simulator is integrated for the first time in a cloud service platform, which can perform simulations of stabilizer circuits with of tens of thousands of qubits with a performance improvement of 5-15 times, compared with an open-sourced counterpart.

    Huawei also showcased its quantum programming framework for the first time, which is compatible with the ProjectQ. The framework can significantly improve the performance of parallelized implementation of quantum algorithms. It also provides new features such as a user-friendly quantum circuit orchestration Graphical User Interface (GUI), and an innovative Block User Interface (BlockUI), allowing hybrid classical-quantum programming in an easy and intuitive way.

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    Dr. Man-Hong Yung, Huawei's Chief Quantum Computing Software and Algorithm Scientist, released the quantum computing simulation HiQ cloud service platform

    "Quantum computation is a revolutionary technology that is different from classical computing," said Dr. Man-Hong Yung, Huawei's Chief Quantum Computing Software and Algorithm Scientist. "It is also a future-oriented core technology for cloud computing. Quantum algorithms provide a new perspective to AI algorithms, inspiring better classical AI algorithms and offering more powerful computing capability. Huawei has taken a critical step towards the research and innovation of quantum computing by releasing the HiQ cloud service platform, and will continue to invest in quantum computing in the future. Huawei’s HiQ will be fully open to the public, inviting developers, researchers, teachers, and students, to jointly innovate and promote technological research and industrialization of quantum computing."

    Quantum computing represents an exciting computing technology for the future. For some computing tasks, it may take tens of thousands of years for classical computers, a quantum computer could complete the same task in just a few minutes, or even seconds. It can lead to a new revolution for artificial intelligence, new material design, drug development, complex optimization, and scheduling problems.

    However, quantum computing has many technical challenges in terms of hardware, software, algorithms, and systems. Engineering such a complex system requires breakthroughs in hardware and control systems as well as software and algorithms.

    Before the technologies of quantum computing hardware become mature, simulators of quantum computing in classical platform will play an important role in quantum circuit simulation and development and verification of quantum algorithm and software.

    By releasing the quantum computing simulation cloud service platform — HiQ marks Huawei's first step in the research and innovation of quantum computing. Meanwhile, Huawei fully embraces the concept of win-win cooperation in quantum computing software. The development of HiQ would lead to technological breakthroughs in academia and promote industrial partners' research and industrialization in the field of quantum computing.

    HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 – "Activate Intelligence" –is held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and Expo Center from October 10 to 12.

    This year's HUAWEI CONNECT conference is designed to help all businesses and organizations step over the threshold and stake their claim in the intelligent world. You will be joined by the best minds in the industry – including global ICT leaders, industry experts, and ecosystem partners – to chart the way forward and explore new opportunities.

    https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2018/10/huawei-hiq-cloud-service-platform
     
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    Huawei must guard all their techs and researches vigilantly, one never knows when the american thiefs will strike.
     
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    Huawei connect: Huawei releases AI strategy and Full-Stack, All-Scenario AI portfolio

    [Shanghai, China, October 10, 2018] The third annual HUAWEI CONNECT, a global event for the ICT industry, opened today at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. Themed "Activate Intelligence, this year's event focuses on AI: its challenges, opportunities, innovations, and practices.

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    Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu announced Huawei’s AI strategy, as well as its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio at HUAWEI CONNECT 2018.

    At the event, Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu announced Huawei's AI strategy, as well as its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio. Huawei's AI portfolio includes its new Ascend series of AI chips – the world’s first AI IP and chip series designed for a full range of scenarios (see below for more information). The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities. With its full-stack AI portfolio, Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully connected, intelligent world.

    Ten future changes: Driving Huawei’s AI strategy

    Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90% of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilization will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. According to Huawei, AI has become a new general purpose technology and will change all industries and organizations on earth.

    Proactive change is the first step towards a better future in AI. Huawei has defined ten changes that will help pave the way. They include:

    1. Faster model training
    2. Abundant and affordable computing power
    3. AI deployment and user privacy
    4. New algorithms
    5. AI automation
    6. Practical application
    7. Real-time, closed-loop system
    8. Multi-tech synergy
    9. Platform support
    10. Talent availability
    These ten changes are not only Huawei’s hope for the AI industry; they are the inspiration behind its AI strategy.

    “Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem,” said Eric Xu during his keynote.

    He explained: “Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI. In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Our Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide abundant and affordable computing power for all organizations – especially businesses and governments – and help them use AI with greater ease. Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products.”

    Huawei’s AI strategy has five areas of focus:

    1. Invest in AI research: Develop fundamental capabilities for machine learning in domains like computer vision, natural language processing, and decision/inference, etc. Huawei places special emphasis on machine learning that is:

    • data and power-efficient (i.e., less data, computing, and power needed)
    • secure and trusted
    • automated/autonomous
    2. Build a full-stack AI portfolio:

    • Deliver abundant and affordable computing power
    • Provide an efficient and easy-to-use AI platform with full-pipeline services
    • Make the portfolio adaptive to all scenarios, both standalone and cooperative scenarios between cloud, edge, and device
    3. Develop an open ecosystem and talent: Collaborate widely with global academia, industries, and partners.

    4. Strengthen existing portfolio: Introduce an AI mindset and techniques into existing products and solutions to create greater value and enhance competitive strengths.

    5. Drive operational efficiency at Huawei: Apply AI to massive volumes of routine business activities for better efficiency and quality.

    Xu envisions that Huawei's full-stack AI portfolio will speed up AI adoption in all industries to provide pervasive intelligence for a fully connected, intelligent world.

    Huawei’s full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio: Abundant and affordable computing power will enable inclusive AI

    As part of its full-stack AI portfolio, Huawei today unveiled the Ascend AI IP and chip series, the world’s first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt. The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario, whether it’s minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers. Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios.

    The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, which were announced at today’s event, mark Huawei’s leading AI capabilities at the chip level – the bottom layer of the stack. These chips will help greatly accelerate AI adoption in all industries.

    Apart from the Ascend series of chips, Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio also includes the following:

    • CANN (Compute Architecture for Neural Networks): A chip operators library and highly automated operators development toolkit
    • MindSpore: A unified training and inference framework for device, edge, and cloud (both standalone and cooperative)
    • Application enablement: Full-pipeline services (ModelArts), hierarchical APIs, and pre-integrated solutions
    Why "full stack" and "all scenarios"?

    “Full stack” refers to the functionality of Huawei’s technology. Huawei’s full-stack portfolio includes chips, chip enablement, a training and inference framework, and application enablement.

    By “all scenarios”, Huawei means different deployment scenarios for AI, including public clouds, private clouds, edge computing in all forms, industrial IoT devices, and consumer devices.

    Providing inclusive AI is one of Huawei’s core goals in developing a comprehensive AI strategy and full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio. Huawei is ready to work with all stakeholders to turn AI into a practical reality, making it inclusive and available for every person, every home, and every organization.

    In September 2017, Huawei released Huawei Cloud EI, an AI service platform for enterprises and governments. In April 2018, Huawei announced HiAI, its AI engine for smart devices. The company’s full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio is designed to provide powerful support for Huawei Cloud EI and HiAI.

    Backed by its AI portfolio, Huawei Cloud EI will be able to deliver a full-stack portfolio for enterprise and government customers, and HiAI will provide a full-stack portfolio for smart devices. HiAI services are deployed on Huawei Cloud EI.

    HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 – "Activate Intelligence" – is held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and Expo Center from October 10 to 12.

    This year’s HUAWEI CONNECT conference is designed to help all businesses and organizations step over the threshold and stake their claim in the intelligent world. You will be joined by the best minds in the industry – including global ICT leaders, industry experts, and ecosystem partners – to chart the way forward and explore new opportunities.
     
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