Quantum Wonders: Pawsey’s Open Day Celebrations

The Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, in collaboration with QUECWA , UWA’s QUISA and UP-QCC, and Quantum Girls, hosted an open day on April 14 to celebrate World Quantum Day.  

The event saw an impressive turnout, with over 140 participants from as young as six years old. All came together to experience a quantum ‘taster’, sharing enthusiasm for the immense potential quantum holds for the future. 

The open day was brimming with engaging activities, including a 3D quantum puzzle using Grover’s Algorithm, creation of Quantum-esque art, a tour of Pawsey’s state-of-the-art Setonix supercomputer, and a test of quantum knowledge. Through these activities, attendees were introduced to such topics as Grover’s algorithm, Schrödinger’s cat, teleportation, quantum computing, and more.  

Quantum computing offers solutions to problems that classical computers are unable to tackle. At the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, we take immense pride in being at the forefront of this revolutionary field and its convergence with High Performance Computing. 

Pawsey’s quantum initiatives include the world’s first room-temperature, diamond-based quantum accelerator in collaboration with Quantum Brilliance, a quantum education hub, and support for the Quantum Girls program in partnership with The University of Western Australia. Additionally, Pawsey is also actively involved in the National Quantum Advisory Committee with the Department of Industry and Science, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of quantum technology in Australia. 

As a team, we take great pride in supporting Australia’s quantum community and contributing to the development and implementation of this transformative technology across various fields, such as science and industry. 

On World Quantum Day, individuals had the opportunity to share an interest in everything quantum and to help seed a quantum mindset in those new to quantum. The possibilities of quantum are limitless, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this cutting-edge field, driving innovation and unlocking new frontiers with the power of quantum computing.