02 January 2020 Quside and ICFO collaborate for Research Challenges and Knowledge Creation

New Retos project will work towards hardware accelerators inspired by quantum physics for optimization and Machine Learning The growing number of devices connected to the network, generating an ever-increasing amount of data, pose enormous challenges for optimization problems. These problems are critical for a wide range of industrial and engineering processes, however today’s most advanced super computers are poorly designed to meet future needs.

ICFO spin-off Quside and ICFO launch a new “RETOS” project called “Quspin" which seeks to develop hardware accelerators inspired by quantum physics for optimization and Machine Learning. The project, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación) and the State Agency for Research (la Agencia Estatal de Investigación) proposes a hardware-accelerated computer system specialized in the efficient and precise solution of some of the most widespread optimization processes.

The project, which is coordinated by QUSIDE’s CEO, Dr Carlos Abellan, will involve ICFO research groups led by ICREA Professors Valerio Pruneri, Maciej Lewenstein, and Antonio Acín. Quside will work on the development and implementation of the required hardware, firmware and software, while ICFO will focus on studying the optimal way to raise optimization problems for efficient resolution by the system.

The RETOS program is part of the Spanish Research, Development and innovation program that is oriented to the challenges facing society.

Project reference: RTC2019-007196-7