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Design Insights: Hannover Messe opens Monday; A Quantum Leap for Computing

April 8, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Machine Design editors.

Hannover Messe Starts Monday

It’s cold and wet in Hannover, Germany right now, and that might dampen the spirit of the 200,000 who annually attend Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show.

Again this spring, the exhibit halls and bratwurst stands are quiet, as this year’s Hannover Messe will be a virtual event, this year running from April 12-16. Fortunately for industrial leaders around the world, the show will go on with plenty of action—perhaps with less interaction.

Sessions on industrial transformation, cybersecurity and digital manufacturing all will be a focus at Hannover’s many conference events. And while COVID-19 gets a fair share of attention, as the week goes along, the focus is on an industrial world that has moved beyond a pandemic and more toward a productive future.

And there also will be new product introductions throughout the week, as 1,800 exhibitors will present 7,500 new products and solutions as global suppliers also begin to ramp up their innovation to help the industrial recovery. Product demos and presentations are a major part of Hannover Messe, and this year’s event will continue to showcase product announcements.

A Quantum Leap for Computing

Do you want your own quantum computer, but just don’t have the time to put the thing together yourself? Machine Design senior editor Steve Mraz notes today that a new open-access computing testbed has been developed by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed (QSCOUT) will provide researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, including private companies, to access the power of a quantum computer.

“QSCOUT serves a need in the quantum community by giving users the controls to study the machine itself, which aren’t yet available in commercial quantum computing systems,” said Sandia physicist and QSCOUT lead Susan Clark. “It also saves theorists and scientists from the trouble of building their own machines.”

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