A research partnership guided by the University of York’s Physics Division has developed open-source software to assist in the development of quantum supplies, which could, in turn, vastly increase the world’s computing efficiency.
Throughout the world, the elevated use of data centers and cloud computing are consuming growing amounts of power—quantum materials may assist tackle this downside, say the researchers.
Quantum materials—materials that exploit unusual quantum effects arising from the collective behavior of electrons—may carry out tasks previously thought impossible, similar to harvesting energy from the whole photovoltaic spectrum or processing vast amounts of information with low heat dissipation.
The design of quantum materials capable of delivering intense computing power is guided by sophisticated computer programs that can predict how materials behave when powered with currents and light signals.
Computational modeling has now taken a ‘quantum leap’ ahead with the declaration of the Quantum KITE initiative, a suite of open-source computer codes created by researchers in Brazil, the EU and the University of York. KITE can simulate realistic materials with unprecedented numbers of atoms, making it suited to develop and optimize quantum materials for a wide range of energy and computing applications.
One of the vital features of KITE is its flexibility to simulate realistic materials with varied inhomogeneities and imperfections.