Dell’s recent offering delivers the latest chapter in enterprise quantum computing

One of the messages coming out of the Supercomputing 2022 conference in Dallas this week is that quantum computing is on the move.

Dell Technologies Inc. announced a new quantum computing solution in partnership with IonQ Inc., designed to support complex workloads, such as machine learning, natural language processing, and chemical simulation. The news provides another example of how Dell views its growing role in the high-performance computing ecosystem.

“I think we’ll be selling some of the solution we announced here next year for people trying to get to grips with quantum,” said Jay Boisseau (pictured), HPC and AI technology strategist at Dell. “Our vision is that we want to help more people use HPC to solve more problems than any vendor in the world.”

Boisseau spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Paul Gillin and David Nicholson at SC22, during an exclusive show on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio. They discussed the details of Dell’s announcement and the company’s vision for the future quantum computing market. (*Disclosure below.)

Leverage Classic Computing

Dell’s approach to quantum is to create a foundation to facilitate an interface between conventional server platforms and the unique properties provided by quantum architectures. Dell’s latest solution is based on the company’s classic quantum simulator on top of PowerEdge servers, which are integrated with IonQ’s quantum services.

“We strongly believe in the future of quantum computing, and that future will be built into the kind of classical computing infrastructure that we’re building,” Boisseau said. “We know the physics, but the engineering is very difficult. It is very difficult to build technologies that exploit the quantum properties of nature in a consistent, reliable and sustainable way.

Despite the challenges, the need to build highly complex models will drive quantum demand, according to Boisseau.

“If you’re trying to model the Moon’s orbit around Earth, you don’t need a supercomputer for that,” he said. “What about stars in a galaxy, trying to figure out how galaxies form spiral arms and how they stimulate star formation? You talk about 100 billion stars plus a massive amount of interstellar medium. Can you solve this on a server? Absolutely not.”

Here’s the full video interview, part of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the SC22 event:

(*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the SC22 event. Neither Dell Technologies Inc., the main sponsor of theCUBE event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over theCUBE content or SiliconANGLE.)

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Sherry J. Basler