Intel Participates in White House Summit on Advancing US Leadership in Quantum Computing

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Intel Corporation’s 49-qubit quantum computing test chip, code-named “Tangle Lake,” was unveiled at 2018 CES in Las Vegas. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)
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What’s New: Today, Intel participated in the White House summit on quantum information sciences with leaders from industry, academia and U.S. government agencies. The meeting, to further research and collaboration in quantum computing, was organized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Intel will take part in sessions on developing a quantum workforce and removing barriers to quantum innovation.

“When it comes to quantum computing, we are in mile one of a marathon. No single entity can deliver a quantum computer alone. We must partner with our government agencies, academia and other companies to further research and development and develop a quantum workforce. This technology will change the life of everyone on this planet, and we applaud the White House for pulling together this summit to advance American leadership in quantum computing.”
–Dr. Jim Clarke, Intel’s director of quantum hardware

Why Now: The Summit coincides with the National Quantum Initiative Act, which is moving through Congress. The bill would authorize $1.3 billion in funding on quantum information sciences through 2023. The bill has bipartisan support. It passed the House of Representatives on Sept. 13, and is expected to be approved by the Senate.

Why it Matters: Quantum computing holds the promise to exponentially speed up certain algorithms compared with classical computers. If fully realized, quantum computers will have a profound impact on chemistry, medicine, finance, machine learning, artificial intelligence and more.

Quantum technology is in the early stages of development, and will need support from the government, industry and academia. The National Quantum Act will facilitate basic research and technology development. Intel sees opportunities with multiple government agencies to accelerate our internal programs, develop a workforce for computing’s next generation and deliver an important technology for the United States.

More Context: House Takes Important Step in U.S. Quantum Computing Initiative (Jim Clarke Blog) | Intel Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Effort to Accelerate Quantum Computing Research | Quantum Computing at Intel

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NFL and Intel Outfit Super Bowl LIII Host Mercedes-Benz Stadium with Intel True View

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What’s New: Intel and the National Football League (NFL)* have installed Intel® True View, the leading immersive media technology, in two more NFL stadiums: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and the home of Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Together, the NFL and Intel will deliver immersive 360-degree replays that will retell amazing moments of the game in the 13 stadiums equipped with Intel True View and across digital and mobile platforms.

“With the expansion of Intel True View into more stadiums, we have the opportunity to let fans experience game-changing plays on sports’ biggest stage. We’re redefining the way that fans can watch games, as Intel True View brings unique perspectives and insights for everyone, from the casual follower to the die-hard fanatic.”
– James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports

Why It Matters: By providing immersive replays, sports fans can see highlights from every vantage point, even from the players’ perspective, without using a helmet camera. Intel True View highlights are the best way to relive amazing NFL moments:

  • Determine what really happened by reviewing the call from multiple perspectives
  • Study form and technique from the best view possible
  • Analyze game strategy and tactics with added commentary and graphics overlay to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the game

How It Works: For the 2018 NFL season, 13 NFL stadiums will be equipped with dozens of 5K ultra-high-definition cameras that capture the action, while Intel-based servers process up to 1 terabyte of data for volumetric presentation (height, width and depth) for each 15- to 30-second clip. Using voxels (pixels with volume), the technology renders dynamic replays in multi-perspective 3D to create 360-degree reconstructions of plays that can be viewed from any angle.

Where to See It: Intel True View is installed in 13 NFL stadiums across the AFC and NFC. Starting this week, content is accessible via NFL.com/trueview, the NFL Mobile app, the NFL channel on YouTube* and other endpoints across the NFL and participating teams. Fans will also experience the enhanced replays in-stadium for closer views of the action on the field at the following stadiums:

  • Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Atlanta Falcons: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (site of Super Bowl LIII, starting in October)
  • Baltimore Ravens: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore
  • Carolina Panthers: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cleveland Browns: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland
  • Houston Texans: NRG Stadium in Houston
  • Indianapolis Colts: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Minnesota Vikings:S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
  • New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • San Francisco 49ers: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
  • Tennessee Titans: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Washington Redskins: FedExField in Landover, Maryland

More Context: Through partnerships with leading sports brands like the NFL, Intel is driving the next wave of powerful technologies that will transform the sports experience for the next generation of fans. For more information on the Intel and NFL partnership, visit Intel’s NFL + Intel True View page.


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Intel Drone Helping to Preserve Korean Cultural Heritage

An Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone was used to carry out an aerial inspection and survey of Hwahongmun Gate of Korea’s Suwon Hwaseong fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an important part of Korea’s culture and history.

A 3D model of Hwahongmun Gate was generated using thousands of detailed images captured from an Intel Falcon 8+ drone. Drones are emerging as an important tool to not only capture data but also provide a digital archive of history and help in the effort to preserve architectural structures of cultural and historic significance.

More: Intel Drone at Hwahongmun Gate of Korea’s Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (Video) | All Intel Images | Drones at Intel

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Building a Future Computer That Will ‘Look Like No Other’

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Anne Matsuura, holding an Intel wafer full of spin qubits, leads a research team working to build the computer system to run a quantum processor chip — the algorithms, software, applications, architecture — and what the computer might look like. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)
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How she’d describe her job to a 10-year-old: “I’m building futuristic computers that will basically let you do many calculations all at the same time.”

A machine that will ‘look like no other’: Since 1959, when American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman introduced the concept of using quantum effects for computation, physicists have worked with quantum algorithms and manufactured small numbers of quantum bits (qubits). But until the last few years, the concept of a quantum computer was more science fiction than reality, more physics experiment than business opportunity. Today, the race is on to build a commercially viable quantum computer; Anne and other quantum experts predict it’s at least about a decade away. “A quantum computer will not look like a classical computer,” Anne says. “This is a machine that’s going to look like no other that’s been built before.”

More: Read about all Intel Innovators | Anne Matsuura discusses quantum computing with tech futurist Jason Silva | Quantum Computing at Intel

It’s not just plug and play: Last year, Intel introduced a 49-qubit quantum computing test chip called “Tangle Lake.” Anne’s team has successfully run algorithms on small numbers of qubits to serve as example workloads for its development. But to realize quantum computing’s commercial potential, the chips will require more than a million qubits. (A qubit is a quantum bit, the counterpart in quantum computing to the binary digit or “bit” of classical computing.) That’s a challenge for Intel’s manufacturing experts, while Anne and her research team are tackling the formidable challenge of designing the system in which that quantum chip can work. “You can’t just take the quantum processor chip, and plug it into a generic quantum computing system because those systems do not exist,” she says. “We have to build the whole system here at Intel.” That means the physical entity that will house all the system’s algorithms, software, architecture, applications, quantum processors — many of which have yet to be invented.

A revolution is coming: Many of today’s biggest computational challenges are too complex for even $100 million supercomputers powered by more than 40,000 processors. The promise of quantum computing, however, is that its exponentially greater computing power will enable it to address some long-standing problems in designing new electronic materials, chemistry, medicine and drug design. ”Quantum computing may be a longer-term project, but it has the potential to revolutionize computing — and be very impactful on the world,” Anne says.

‘Good research leads to good technologies’: Anne, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, was originally a researcher in high-temperature superconductivity and has over a decade of experience creating multidisciplinary research programs. In 2015, Intel announced a 10-year, $50 million investment to accelerate quantum computing research in partnership with QuTech in the Technical University of Delft in The Netherlands. Anne often travels from her office in Hillsboro, Oregon, to Delft to work with QuTech quantum physicists and exchange learnings and progress on quantum systems. “I’ve generally found throughout my career,” Anne says, “that good research leads to good technologies, although sometimes it’s a technology that’s different from the one you’re aiming for.”

The ‘impossible’ dream: Anne sees her work as akin to the quest of the young boy in the movie “Hugo” to rebuild his late father’s robot. Like that fantastical invention, a quantum computer seems “like a nearly impossible machine.” But we’re making progress, she adds, and the quantum computing community is making great strides towards building what she calls “this magical technology.”


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Intel Advances the Safe Integration of Drones into US Airspace

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What’s New: Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with safety being the first priority. Intel’s assistance builds on the company’s foundational work last year with the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) trials conducted by NASA and the FAA to develop and test UAS drone guidelines for collaborative communications and navigation among unmanned aerial systems in the sky.

“I’m honored that Intel’s Drone Group is participating in such critical programs to pave the way for new and expanded commercial UAS operations. By working with the U.S. government, as well as various other industry partners, we can demonstrate the magnitude of a drone’s potential when integrated into our nation’s airspace in a responsible way.”
–Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel drone team

Why It Matters: The White House tasked the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA with maintaining and building on their leadership in the drone space. New programs would facilitate advanced commercial drone operations and applications of technology and allow testing of UAS traffic management systems and detection and tracking capabilities. This is necessary to fully integrate drone operations into the national airspace system.

Recently, the FAA initiated the Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP) designed to explore ways to safely expand cutting-edge drone operations into the national airspace by pairing state, local and tribal governments with unmanned aircraft operators. The program consists of 10 teams in locations throughout the country. The work will test advanced drone operation and related technology over several years. Specifically, Intel is a participant in four of the 10 sites and may participate in operations in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma; the city of San Diego; the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, Herndon, Virginia; and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in Tennessee.

Today’s Activities: Today in Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation hosted a media event to show progress, demonstrate and share results of some of the first missions. Intel flew night missions using a thermal sensor on the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone. This application could be used to look for lost cattle, as well as learn more about the habits and tendencies of local wildlife. In addition, Intel performed the first public demonstration of Open Drone ID, an open standard that offers a solution for the remote identification and tracking of UAS. Future missions at Choctaw may include drones for agricultural applications, public safety and infrastructure inspections, with planned beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations over people and more nighttime operations. The plans are to invest in mobile ground-based detect-and-avoid radars and advanced weather infrastructure.

What’s Come Before: The FAA has been chartered by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to identify, categorize and recommend available and emerging technology for the remote identification and tracking of UAS. Open Drone ID is designed as an open standard that offers a solution. It is a beacon-based (wireless drone identification) solution that enables drones to be identified when within range of a receiver, like a smartphone. The current draft specification is based on Bluetooth 4.2 broadcast packets and Bluetooth 5 (long-range) advertising extensions. With this technology, each aircraft can broadcast its unique ID, location, direction, altitude, speed, make/model, base location and other related data.

The Open Drone ID project is managed through a workgroup within ASTM, an international standards body. Intel is leading the ASTM F38 Remote ID Standard and Tracking Workgroup. It is important that Open Drone ID is a global standard, like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to provide broad scalability to many end users and use cases.  More information can be found at the Open Drone ID website.

Intel’s Role: Intel has a history of participating in standards bodies and industry groups worldwide and has played a significant industry leadership role in bringing about globally adopted standards such as Ethernet, USB and Wi-Fi. Standards developed by standards-setting organizations and industry consortia are common tools to bring new innovations to global mass markets.

More Context: Drones at Intel

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Intel and Philips Accelerate Deep Learning Inference on CPUs in Key Medical Imaging Uses

healthcare illustrationWhat’s New: Using Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and the OpenVINO™ toolkit, Intel and Philips* tested two healthcare use cases for deep learning inference models: one on X-rays of bones for bone-age-prediction modeling, the other on CT scans of lungs for lung segmentation. In these tests, Intel and Philips achieved a speed improvement of 188 times for the bone-age-prediction model, and a 38 times speed improvement for the lung-segmentation model over the baseline measurements.

“Intel Xeon Scalable processors appear to be the right solution for this type of AI workload. Our customers can use their existing hardware to its maximum potential, while still aiming to achieve quality output resolution at exceptional speeds.”
–Vijayananda J., chief architect and fellow, Data Science and AI at Philips HealthSuite Insights

Why It’s Important: Until recently, there was one prominent hardware solution to accelerate deep learning: graphics processing unit (GPUs). By design, GPUs work well with images, but they also have inherent memory constraints that data scientists have had to work around when building some models.

Central processing units (CPUs) – in this case Intel Xeon Scalable processors – don’t have those same memory constraints and can accelerate complex, hybrid workloads, including larger, memory-intensive models typically found in medical imaging. For a large subset of artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, Intel Xeon Scalable processors can better meet data scientists’ needs than GPU-based systems. As Philips found in the two recent tests, this enables the company to offer AI solutions at lower cost to its customers.

Why It Matters: AI techniques such as object detection and segmentation can help radiologists identify issues faster and more accurately, which can translate to better prioritization of cases, better outcomes for more patients and reduced costs for hospitals.

Deep learning inference applications typically process workloads in small batches or in a streaming manner, which means they do not exhibit large batch sizes. CPUs are a great fit for low batch or streaming applications. In particular, Intel Xeon Scalable processors offer an affordable, flexible platform for AI models – particularly in conjunction with tools like the OpenVINO toolkit, which can help deploy pre-trained models for efficiency, without sacrificing accuracy.

These tests show that healthcare organizations can implement AI workloads without expensive hardware investments.

What the Results Show: The results for both use cases surpassed expectations. The bone-age-prediction model went from an initial baseline test result of 1.42 images per second to a final tested rate of 267.1 images per second after optimizations – an increase of 188 times. The lung-segmentation model far surpassed the target of 15 images per second by improving from a baseline of 1.9 images per second to 71.7 images per second after optimizations.

What’s Next: Running healthcare deep learning workloads on CPU-based devices offers direct benefits to companies like Philips, because it allows them to offer AI-based services that don’t drive up costs for their end customers. As shown in this test, companies like Philips can offer AI algorithms for download through an online store as a way to increase revenue and differentiate themselves from growing competition.

More Context: Multiple trends are contributing to this shift:

  • As medical image resolution improves, medical image file sizes are growing – many images are 1GB or greater.
  • More healthcare organizations are using deep learning inference to more quickly and accurately review patient images.
  • Organizations are looking for ways to do this without buying expensive new infrastructure.

The Philips tests are just one example of these trends in action. Novartis* is another. And many other Intel customers – not yet publicly announced – are achieving similar results. Learn more about Intel AI technology in healthcare at “Advancing Data-Driven Healthcare Solutions.”

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Intel Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Effort to Accelerate Quantum Computing Research

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Intel’s director of quantum hardware, Jim Clarke, holds a 17-qubit superconducting test chip. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

What’s New: This week, the U.S. Senate is reviewing its version of the National Quantum Initiative Act (S. 3143), a bipartisan bill to create a 10-year coordinated federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States. The bill aims to ensure U.S. leadership in quantum information science by supporting research and development, improving interagency planning and coordination, promoting public-private partnerships, and promoting the development of international standards.

“When it comes to quantum computing research, we’re at mile one of a marathon. The U.S. has long been at the cutting edge of technology; a fact that has propelled our progress for decades. As nations around the world race to lead in quantum information science, the U.S. will require collaboration of industry, academia and the federal government to keep pace. The National Quantum Initiative Act is a great step forward, and Intel applauds the bipartisan leadership in Congress on their progress.”
–Jim Clarke, director of quantum hardware, Intel

Why It’s Important: The National Quantum Initiative Act will ensure the United States remains competitive in a global race to build quantum technologies.

Quantum computing is an exciting new computing paradigm with unique problems to be solved and new physics to be discovered. Academia, governments and companies are racing to advance quantum science given its potential to solve problems beyond the reach of conventional computers. For example, quantum computers may simulate nature to advance research in chemistry, materials science and molecular modeling.

Intel’s Context: In 2015, Intel initiated a significant investment in quantum research. Today, Intel is making fast progress toward developing commercially viable quantum computing systems, including the introduction of a 49-qubit superconducting test chip called “Tangle Lake.”

Federal Context: This week’s progress in the Senate follows progress in the U.S. House of Representatives on its version of the bill, H.R. 6227. In June, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee unanimously approved the legislation.

More Context: Quantum Computing at Intel

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Explore Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition, Now Live in Virtual Reality

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What’s New: The Smithsonian American Art Museum* (SAAM) exhibition, “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” is now available in virtual reality (VR) through Sansar*, the premier destination for social VR. Powered by Intel technology, this recently announced partnership will make iconic artwork more accessible and interactive through virtual reality.

“Intel empowers the creator to take their work to the next level. Technology has the potential to achieve new goals and ambitions for museums and galleries. Immersive technologies, like virtual reality, unlock new and exciting ways to experience art and exhibits. Fans can now check out “No Spectators” from their own home. Without Intel’s high-performance processors, these experiences would not be possible.”
– Raj Puran, director of immersive technology business development at Intel Corporation

Why It’s Important: In embarking on this partnership, SAAM is doing its part to help achieve the Smithsonian’s ambitious goal: expand the reach of the Institution’s collections to a billion people in 5 years. This means making its museums’ objects available to the public across a wider range of mediums, including immersive domains like virtual reality — Sansar’s specialty, and a major area for Intel innovation.

Thanks to Intel’s advanced data-processing technology and Sansar’s social VR platform, the Smithsonian has been able to accelerate the digital 3D capture, preservation and distribution of artifacts in its collections so students, educators and the public can virtually access and engage with the museum’s collections from anywhere in the world. It’s an entirely new kind of viewing experience, and one sure to transform every aspect of the museum business — from the creation to the consumption of educational content.

Where You Can Experience It: The first release in this partnership with the Smithsonian features the large-scale artworks assembled for the exhibition, “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” on view for a limited time at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery*. “No Spectators” captures the spirit of creativity and community, and has been digitized through hours of careful laser scanning and photogrammetry. Starting today, anyone with a link to the Sansar experience will be able to virtually view, access, and interact with the collection in its entirety, as if they were standing in the galleries themselves.

Experience “No Spectators” in virtual reality today at the Sansar website.

More Context: Emboldening VR’s Next Frontier (Intel.com) | Smithsonian American Art Museum | Virtual Reality at Intel (Press Kit)

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Intel Breaks Guinness World Records Title for Drone Light Shows in Celebration of 50th Anniversary

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What’s New: In celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company flew 2,018 Intel® Shooting Star™ drones over its Folsom, California, facility, setting a new Guinness World Records™ title for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.

“Several years ago, we had an idea of flying drones forming the Intel logo over our corporate headquarters, and here we are doing just that. It really speaks to the innovative spirit that Intel was founded on 50 years ago.”
–Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel Drone Group

What’s Next: Also in celebration of Intel’s 50th anniversary, the company is honoring employees and their families by flying 500 Intel® Shooting Star drones over its corporate headquarters, the Robert Noyce Building, in Santa Clara, California, July 18-22 (weather-permitting).

What They Are: The Intel Shooting Star drones are a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specifically designed for entertainment purposes. They are equipped with LED lights that can create countless color combinations and can easily be programmed for any animation. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.

More Context: Drones at Intel | Beyond Fireworks: The Next Generation of Drone Light Shows


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Intel Technology Aids in Preserving the Great Wall of China


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Intel’s partnership with the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) to protect and preserve the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China is underway. And experts from Wuhan University LIESMARS have been added to the project, leveraging Intel technologies to preserve the wall more efficiently and safely than before.

This is the next step in Intel’s recently announced commitment to inspect and preserve the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. By incorporating advanced technologies into this partnership, Intel is giving conservationists new tools to protect history and help preserve one of the great architectural wonders of the world.

MORE: Drones at Intel | The Great Wall Project at Intel.com

An Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone is being used to carry out an aerial inspection and survey of the Jiankou section, capturing tens of thousands of high-resolution images of areas proven too difficult or dangerous for human access. These images are then processed into a 3D model, which provides preservationists with a digital replica of the current state of the wall. Traditionally, surveys of the Great Wall are a manual process, using a tape measure or visual inspection by people over a monthlong period. Utilizing Intel technology, the same inspections can be achieved in a matter of three days, producing more accurate data that helps conservationists develop an informed and effective repair schedule.

Intel’s innovative technologies are providing the CFCHC with safer, more efficient ways of surveying and inspecting. From aerial-captured content, teams will use Intel artificial intelligence technologies to help analyze the types of repairs needed and calculate the time, labor and cost of materials for repair. The added experts from Wuhan University LIESMARS will provide specialized support with implementing the new technologies.

The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China dates back to the Ming dynasty and, in its more than 450 years of existence, has been affected by natural erosion and human destruction. While portions of the wall most popular with tourists have been preserved and renovated over time, the Great Wall’s 12-mile Jiankou section is one of the steepest and most dangerous to access. As a result, the stretch has not been preserved for hundreds of years.

With its innovative drone and imaging technology, Intel is revolutionizing the preservation of the world’s largest ancient man-made structure for generations to come.

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