Relevance of Bologna’s Technopole in developing the European High-Performance Computing System
The development of the Euro-Hpc High-Performance Computing Centre in Bologna requires research support, explicitly aimed at outlining the operational consequences of High-Performance computing systems, starting from both pre-exascale systems and quantum technologies.
Quantum information processing provides solutions to some of the most important issues both in basic and applied research, from physical and mathematical models to problems optimization, such as traffic flow, financial portfolios and work planning, through the development of algorithms (like those used for database query) or protocols (like those used in cryptography), more efficient than the classic ones.
Currently, research in quantum information processing is growing consistently, also thanks to significant technological efforts made by both leading industries and start-ups, which are creating and putting on the market quantum prototypes of calculators and other technologies.
The project “quantum processing for data analysis” explores the possibility to find solutions based on quantum computing, useful for elaborating and managing businesses’ and firms’ data, in a context which takes into account the current computing capacity of a real computer as well.
To this end, three main areas have been detected: they all follow a hybrid approach, which combines the current potential of a quantum computer with classic protocols. They may be applied to different fields.
- Hybrid Machine Learning
- Heuristic Algorithms
- Quantum Embeddings
Goals of the project
This project is part of IFAB’s strategy to transform the Bologna Technopole into a benchmark in Europe for the industrial and financial applications of high-performance computing technologies. A research group will be set up, and it will allow:
- the Foundation itself to take part in the National research in the important field of Quantum computing;
- the inclusion of the Foundation in the European research programme on Quantum computing;
- the Bologna-Emilia-Romagna Data Valley Pole to be recognised at the European level as a benchmark for the industrial and financial applications of high-performance computing technologies;
- regional and Italian businesses to access with easy approaches to scientific high-performance computing, and in particular to quantum methodologies for solving complex problems.