Torsten Hoefler: A systems guy's view of quantum computing


Torsten Hoefler: A systems guy's view of quantum computing

Jan 8, 2019, 17:00h, S2|02 (Piloty), Room C110


I will provide an introduction to the general concepts of quantum computation and a brief discussion of its strengths and weaknesses from a high-performance computing perspective. The talk is tailored to a computer science audience with basic (popular-science) or no background in quantum mechanics and will focus on the computational aspects. I will also discuss systems aspects of quantum computers and how to map quantum algorithms to their high-level architecture. I will close with principles of practical implementation of quantum computers.


Torsten Hoefler is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Before joining ETH, he led the performance modeling and simulation efforts of parallel petascale applications for the NSF funded Blue Waters project at NCSA/UIUC. He is also a key member of the Message Passing Interface (MPI) Forum, where he chairs the „Collective Operations and Topologies“ working group. Torsten won best paper awards at the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference SC10, SC13, SC14, EuroMPI'13, HPDC'15, HPDC'16, IPDPS'15, and other conferences. He published numerous peer-reviewed scientific conference and journal articles and authored chapters of the MPI-2.2 and MPI-3.0 standards. He received the Latsis prize of ETH Zurich as well as an ERC starting grant in 2015. His research interests revolve around the central topic of „Performance-centric System Design“ and include scalable networks, parallel programming techniques, and performance modeling. For additional information, please visit Torsten's homepage at

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