Edge Computing Hits An Inflection Point

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic produced few net-new technology and business developments, but it certainly accelerated many technology trends already in motion. Edge computing is one of the most notable among these accelerated technologies. Every type of technology vendor — hardware, software, and cloud — has jumped on the edge bandwagon, crowding the market and confusing buyers. The coming year will prove to be the real inflection for edge computing. Practical applications are finally emerging where this architecture can bring real benefits. Forrester predicts the following key developments in edge computing that will illustrate this inflection point in 2021: Data center marketplaces will emerge as a new edge hosting option. When people talk about the location of “the edge,” their descriptions vary widely. Regardless of your own...

Are computing infrastructure outages killing your reputation?

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In our 24/7/365 world, computing infrastructure outages can kill a CIO’s reputation and career prospects swiftly and dramatically. Outages have attained an extremely high profile in most organizations because they visibly and quickly: Cost revenue. Undermine customer service. Cause work to grind to a halt. Undermine brand reputation. Computing infrastructure outages occur for many reasons including: Insufficient capacity. Cyber-attacks. Failing to monitor end-to-end response time. Sloppy server management. Gaps in configuration management processes. External and internal network issues. DBA finger problems. Flaky application execution. External and internal electrical power outages. Scheduled maintenance taking too long. At the recent Collision from Home virtual conference, Sebastien Stormacq, Principal Developer Advocate at Amazon Web...

Formidable expertise in quantum computing earns postdoc award | News

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Quantum computing is poised to usher in far more powerful ways of processing information and  revolutionize any number of fields, including health care, chemistry and finance. Rather than using ones and zeros to store and manipulate data like a conventional computer, the far more powerful quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits. But qubits are susceptible to noise and other disturbances, which means quantum computers have be to housed inside giant refrigerated containers, a reality that is, so far, limiting their size and applicability. Dr. Abhijeet Alase, PhD, of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology in the Faculty of Science, has been awarded a two-year Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship to help overcome this obstacle by developing a qubit that is not as easily perturbed. “The quantum bits are hard to make because the...

Why distributed cloud is the next generation of cloud computing

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By David SmithGartner, Inc. Cloud computing promises that customers will gain advantages from several key propositions: shifting the responsibility and work of running hardware and software infrastructure to cloud providers, leveraging the economics of cloud elasticity, benefiting from the pace of innovation in sync with public cloud providers, and more. Yet some organizations hesitate to commit to a total migration to the public cloud model.  These enterprises use a combination — or hybrid — of private-cloud-inspired and public cloud styles of computing. Hybrid cloud, however, breaks these aforementioned value propositions: One part of a hybrid cloud is architected, owned, controlled and operated by the customer and the other by the public cloud provider. The customer retains responsibility for their part of the operation but cannot leverage...

Canadian quantum computing firms partner to spread the technology

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In a bid to accelerate this country’s efforts in quantum computing, 24 Canadian hardware and software companies specializing in the field are launching an association this week to help their work get commercialized. Called Quantum Industry Canada, the group says they represent Canada’s most commercial-ready technologies, covering applications in quantum computing, sensing, communications, and quantum-safe cryptography. The group includes Burnaby, B.C., manufacturer D-Wave Systems, Vancouver software developer 1Qbit, Toronto’s photonic quantum computer maker Xanadu Quantum Technologies, the Canadian division of software maker Zapata Computing, Waterloo, Ont.,-based ISARA – which makes quantum-safe solutions – and others. “The quantum opportunity has been brewing for many years,” association co-chair Michele Mosca of the University of...

D-Wave unveils Leap quantum computing service

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Burnaby, BC’s D-Wave Systems Inc. announced its next-generation quantum computing platform, Leap quantum cloud service, is now open for generally availability. The service includes D-Wave’s latest Advantage quantum system, which boasts more than 5000 qubits and 15-way qubit connectivity. Targeted at business users, the Leap service also includes D-Wave’s new hybrid discrete quadratic model (DQM) solver that it says can run computational problems with up to one million variables. Instead of accepting problems with only binary variables (0 or 1), the DQM solver uses other variable sets (e.g. integers from 1 to 500, or red, yellow and blue), which expands the types of problems that can run on the quantum computer, the company says. Beyond new hardware and software, the company also announced D-Wave Launch, a jump-start program designed to help...

7 Quantum Computing Stocks to Buy for the Next 10 Years

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Quantum computing — or the use of quantum mechanics to create a genre of next-generation quantum computers with nearly unlimited compute power — has long been a concept stuck in the theory phase. But quantum computing is starting to grow up. Recent breakthroughs in this emerging field — such as Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) claiming to achieve quantum supremacy in late 2019 — have laid the foundation for the quantum computing space to go from theory, to reality, over the next several years. This transition will spark huge growth in the global quantum computing market. The investment implication? It’s time to buy quantum computing stocks. At scale, quantum computing will disrupt nearly every industry in the world, ranging from finance, to biotechnology, to cybersecurity, and everything in between. It will improve the way medicines...