Recently, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) trained the first large artificial intelligence (AI) model designed to understand, speak, and write in the Spanish language. The system, named MarIA, was trained on the MareNostrum supercomputer at the BSC, leveraging 59 TBs of language data from the Biblioteca Nacional de España, one of the world’s largest public libraries. The model is said to be an expert in both writing and understanding the Spanish language and is free to use by any developer, company, or entity. The system has a wide variety of potential applications including summarization applications, chatbots, smart searches, translation engines, and automatic subtitling chatbots.
New Error Correction Scheme Seeks to Advance Quantum Computing Capabilities
Bob Sorensen, Tom Sorensen
Researchers at the US-based Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) recently reported a new approach to error mitigation in a quantum computer (QC) that targets error-producing noise, a ubiquitous problem that can severely limit the performance and utility of existing and near-future quantum computers. The method developed at LBNL consists of taking an initial noisy target circuit and constructing an analogous estimation circuit that is configured specifically for accurate noise characterization. The information gathered from running the estimation circuit is then applied to correct the noise in the original target circuit.
3 202022 | HYP_Link
Canada’s National QC Program Seeks Public Input on Strategy
Bob Sorensen, Earl Joseph
Building on its Budget 2021 commitment to launch a seven year $360 million National Quantum Strategy, the Government of Canada recently stood up a public survey website to gather insights on how to implement the plan. The survey covers a comprehensive set of issues including best practices on academic, government and private sector partnerships, talent and workforce challenges and opportunities, mechanisms to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion, adoption of quantum technologies by Canadian entities, and identification of any significant gaps, barriers, or challenges that could hinder Canadian efforts to become a global leader in quantum technologies.