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OTI Lumionics: Accelerating materials design with Azure Quantum

Whether you’ve noticed or not, you probably spend at least some part of your day staring into an OLED (organic LED) display, as they are found in smartphones, tablets, televisions, and computer monitors, to name just a few applications. OLED displays use organic carbon-based molecules to generate light of different colors under an applied electrical current.

Breakthroughs in displays, and most other technological fields, can be traced back to advances in materials science that enable the discovery of advanced materials with unique properties. However, designing new materials with specific desired attributes is extremely difficult because small changes in the structure of atoms that make up a material can dramatically influence its properties.

Computational chemistry simulations can help accelerate the design of new materials, by providing a better understanding of these structure-property relationships. These simulations pose a huge computational challenge because of the complexity of simulating the characteristics of quantum physics, which governs the interactions between atoms, but we now have the compute power to solve some problems that previously seemed intractable on classical hardware, leading to breakthroughs in new materials discovery.

OTI Lumionics has developed a fast materials design approach, tailored to OLEDs and other electronic materials, that consists of a combination of machine learning techniques, computational chemistry simulations, optimization, rapid synthesis, and closed-loop feedback from testing of new materials in pilot production. They work with the largest electronics companies in the world to design new materials that are mass-production ready, enabling the next generation of exciting consumer electronics.

One application of OTI Lumionics materials, that has been designed using this approach, is in transparent displays, which will soon be available in smartphones, helping to hide the array of sensors and front-facing camera under the display. When you are “heads-up driving” – viewing your speedometer and mileage on the windshield of your car – you are looking at another application of this technology.

Instead of using a traditional approach to materials discovery which requires synthesizing and testing thousands of variations to find the suitable candidate, OTI Lumionics has developed software tools to simulate and predict the properties of new materials, allowing a larger pool of candidates to be screened than could otherwise be synthesized and tested. Thus, new materials that meet the precise requirements of the largest electronics manufacturers can be “designed” rather than discovered by chance.

The slowest and most expensive part of the workflow is the computational pipeline – the bottleneck on available hardware when running extremely large simulations, which scale exponentially with size. In addition, some simulations are so compute-intensive that they are literally unsolvable with today’s classical computers. The trade-off between simulation accuracy and compute-intensity is thus a major bottleneck in using a computational approach for commercial size problems.

To get around this bottleneck OTI Lumionics has been investigating quantum computing as a potential candidate to help accelerate computational chemistry simulations of new materials. Since many structure-property relationships of materials are governed by quantum physics, quantum computing, which uses quantum mechanical effects to perform computations, is a natural candidate to simulate these systems more accurately.

“Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize materials design, by enabling highly accurate simulations that could otherwise not be solved on classical hardware. Unfortunately, current gate-based quantum computing is far from being powerful enough to simulate commercial-sized problem,” said OTI Lumionics Head of Materials Discovery, Scott Genin.

quantum simulation diagram

quantum simulation diagram

Using Azure Quantum and quantum optimization solutions running on classical hardware, Quantum Inspired Optimization (QIO) can enable quantum methods for materials simulations that yield more accurate results.

Scott Genin again: “In the field of computational chemistry, high accuracy property prediction is considered to be very difficult; in fact, some computations are nearly impossible on today’s classical hardware. We have developed new methods, that allow quantum computing algorithms for computational chemistry simulations to be represented as binary optimization problems. Running our quantum computing methods with Azure Quantum optimization solutions, we are getting results that are more accurate than other algorithms.”

As an early adopter of quantum computing, OTI Lumionics has invested in a team of quantum chemists, computer scientists, and software engineers to develop their own quantum computing algorithms and software for materials design, and have made significant theoretical and practical advances in the field. With their algorithms now running on Azure Quantum, OTI Lumionics is able to demonstrate meaningful results on commercially relevant sized problems, today. For example, by using Azure Quantum’s optimization tools in their pipeline, OTI Lumionics successfully performed a complete active space configuration interaction simulation of an archetype green light emitting OLED material – Alq3 [Tris (8-hydroxyquinolinato) aluminum].

“We have designed our solver platform in Azure Quantum with customers in mind,” said Microsoft Principal Research Manager, Helmut Katzgraber. “Our quantum solutions on classical hardware do not have the limitations of other solvers and optimization hardware and are driven by some of the most powerful algorithms currently available, while being easy to use as there is no need to tune parameters. “

alq3 graph

alq3 graph

To give you an idea of the computational savings the same simulation of Alq3 would require 42 error-corrected qubits on gate-based quantum hardware. Mapping the problem to an industry-standard quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) using OTI Lumionics reparametrization would require a quantum annealer (or QUBO solver) that could handle 58,265 variables. Solving a QUBO problem with this many variables is intractable, and even an equivalent simulation of Alq3 using standard classical computational chemistry software would require a supercomputer. In contrast, using Azure Quantum, the higher-order binary problem can be handled natively, meaning that this problem only requires 132 variables on classical hardware to perform the simulation.

“The fact is that we have compelling results that show that we can start using quantum solutions for commercial problems in a matter of months, not years,” said OTI Lumionics Co-founder and CEO, Michael Helander. “Using Azure Quantum, we now have the potential to dramatically increase the accuracy and throughput of the computational chemistry simulations that underpin our entire materials design workflow.”

Using Azure Quantum, OTI Lumionics can open their computational pipeline to run more accurate simulations at significantly higher speeds, which could ultimately lead to timelier and lower cost materials design, and thus better OLED displays.

We are excited to be working with OTI Lumionics in helping them find breakthrough discoveries in materials through quantum computing and Azure Quantum.

Learn more about the Azure Quantum preview and sign up to become an early adopter.

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Minimize distractions and stay focused with AI-powered updates in Microsoft 365

It’s no secret that work and life are speeding up. It’s not uncommon to spend all day in meetings, writing emails, or on the phone, leaving little time to focus on what is most important to you. Many of us have never-ending to-do lists and spend time working after hours to complete pressing tasks. MyAnalytics, your source of personal productivity insights in Microsoft 365, was built to help with these very challenges—and today it’s getting a refresh.

Via a dashboard, Insights in Outlook, and weekly email digests, MyAnalytics provides insights and AI-powered suggestions to help you work smarter. A new MyAnalytics experience—generally available starting today—makes the insights more outcome-oriented in four key areas: focus, wellbeing, network, and collaboration. For example, insights that previously showed you the hours you spent on email, chats, calls, and meetings outside your working hours over the past week now show you the number of days you successfully disconnected after work over the past month. That way, you can set goals and build habits that help you achieve more quiet days.

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To make these insights even more actionable, in the coming quarters, we’ll introduce the ability to create personal plans to make it easy to set goals and take steps toward improving your work patterns each day. Focus plan will be the first in this series of MyAnalytics updates. By helping you plan focus time on a regular basis to complete your most pressing tasks and limiting distractions, focus plan in MyAnalytics will help you balance collaboration with meaningful output. Today, we’re unveiling the core elements of the focus plan.

Create a personal focus plan

Productivity preferences are different for everyone, but experts on deep work report that setting aside regular blocks of time to focus on challenging work can have massive benefits. With the focus plan, MyAnalytics will help you establish a daily focus time routine. The focus plan will offer you the flexibility to have daily focus time booked automatically based on your availability, or surface suggestions to book focus time manually as you work in Outlook. The automatic booking algorithm will prioritize booking morning hours, if they are open, so you can be at your peak capacity for tackling challenging analytics tasks.

MyAnalytics Dashboard with Focus tab selected. User clicks “Try it out” to get started and has book focus time automatically every day. Outlook calendar shows focus time slots in green.

Maintain your focus routine

If you receive a meeting invite that conflicts with booked focus time, Outlook will provide inline suggestions and weekly email digests with actionable messages—making it easy to reschedule the focus time right from your inbox and maintain your routine.

Email digest shows your week in review, calling out number of days with booked focus time. Also helps plan the next two weeks, highlighting days with no focus times or conflicts.

Make time for outstanding tasks

To help you set aside time for pressing tasks—tasks you promised to complete for coworkers and tasks they asked you to get done—new inline suggestions and adaptive cards in email digests will be introduced in Outlook. These will use AI to surface outstanding tasks from emails, making it seamless for you to reserve focus time for them.

Inline suggestion in Outlook highlights an outstanding task for the person user received an email from. User adds the task to an upcoming focus time slot.

Work uninterrupted during focus time

Information worker studies find it takes an average of around 23 minutes to return to your original task after interruptions or self-distractions. To help limit these when you are trying to get deep, meaningful work done, Microsoft Teams will automatically switch to “Do Not Disturb” during focus time. Your status will be set to “Focus” and you will only get notifications for messages that are urgent or from contacts with priority access during focus time.

A notification indicates focus time has begun. Teams automatically enters “Do not disturb” state and shows the user’s status set as “Focus.”

We’re on a journey at Microsoft to build technologies that empower you to do your best work. Visit the new MyAnalytics personal dashboard and check out the weekly email digests—generally available today. They can help you better understand your current work patterns and get actionable insights to prioritize focus, disconnect and recharge, keep up with important contacts and relationships, and improve team collaboration.

Stay tuned in the coming months for the preview of focus plan to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 Enterprise customers who have MyAnalytics as part of the E5 plan, as an add-on to E1 and E3, or with Workplace Analytics. Over time, focus plan will become available with additional plans that have business hosted email (Exchange Online).

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For Sale – MSI 1080 Ti X Trio, Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler + Cover & Chromax Fans, RAZER Keyboard, Mouse & Pad!

Hello AV Forums!

I am selling off a bunch of my computer stuff as I started a new job this year and spend most of the time on the road – so never get to use it, so instead want to buy a beefy Laptop that I can use.

All bought in January this year (By me) and I have proof of purchase for all items.

For sale is:
£155 Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 Keyboard – Orange Switches
(Inc O-Ring and Key cleaner/puller set worth £18!!!)
£48 Razer Firefly Hard Edition mouse pad
£88 Razer Naga Trinity Mouse
All have original Boxes and packaging and in mint condition.

If all the Razer bits are bought together I will do a special price of £280.

£68 Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler (Inc Noctua NF-A15 PWM fan)
£22 Noctua NA-HC4 Chromax Covers for D15S Cooler (White)
£39 2x Noctua NF A15 Chromax PWM Fans (Black)

No boxes for these. NH-D15S comes with all box contents, inc screws for Intel & AMD CPU’s and instructions.
The chromax Fans come with the different coloured rubber mounts, Yellow, Greene etc…

If all the Noctua bits are bought together I will do a special price of £120.

£790 MSI 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11Gb
Fantastic Card – fans only come on above 60c, completely silent even at load, really nice bit of kit.

No Box for the 1080 Ti, do have all included contents though, including case badge, cables, SLI bridge, CD, Manuals etc…

Included is a Video of what i’m selling and also two photos of the current price of all the bits.

Sorry but the Case, Motherboard, Processor and Screen are not for sale as they are being used by my brother.

Postage hasn’t been quoted – I’d prefer DPD recorded delivery but we can chat about this.
I am open to sensible offers also.

Happy for you to collect from the Oxford Area also.

Price and currency: 280
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS
Location: Oxfordshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – MSI 1080 Ti X Trio, Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler + Cover & Chromax Fans, RAZER Keyboard, Mouse & Pad!

Hello AV Forums!

I am selling off a bunch of my computer stuff as I started a new job this year and spend most of the time on the road – so never get to use it, so instead want to buy a beefy Laptop that I can use.

All bought in January this year (By me) and I have proof of purchase for all items.

For sale is:
£155 Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2 Keyboard – Orange Switches

(Inc O-Ring and Key cleaner/puller set worth £18!!!)

£48 Razer Firefly Hard Edition mouse pad
£88 Razer Naga Trinity Mouse
All have original Boxes and packaging and in mint condition.

If all the Razer bits are bought together I will do a special price of £280.

£68 Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler (Inc Noctua NF-A15 PWM fan)
£22 Noctua NA-HC4 Chromax Covers for D15S Cooler (White)
£39 2x Noctua NF A15 Chromax PWM Fans (Black)

No boxes for these. NH-D15S comes with all box contents, inc screws for Intel & AMD CPU’s and instructions.
The chromax Fans come with the different coloured rubber mounts, Yellow, Greene etc…

If all the Noctua bits are bought together I will do a special price of £120.

£790 MSI 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11Gb
Fantastic Card – fans only come on above 60c, completely silent even at load, really nice bit of kit.

No Box for the 1080 Ti, do have all included contents though, including case badge, cables, SLI bridge, CD, Manuals etc…

Included is a Video of what i’m selling and also two photos of the current price of all the bits.

Sorry but the Case, Motherboard, Processor and Screen are not for sale as they are being used by my brother.

Postage hasn’t been quoted – I’d prefer DPD recorded delivery but we can chat about this.

Happy for you to collect from the Oxford Area also.

Price and currency: 280
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS
Location: Oxfordshire
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Wanted – Graphics card around £50

Hi Guys,

Looking for a graphics card for an older rig.

Hoping to spend around the £50 mark, was hoping to get something like a 760 GTX, please let me know what you have! Willing to listen to good offers if it’s a bit higher.

Location: Southampton

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Wanted – Graphics card around £50

Hi Guys,

Looking for a graphics card for an older rig.

Hoping to spend around the £50 mark, was hoping to get something like a 760 GTX, please let me know what you have! Willing to listen to good offers if it’s a bit higher.

Location: Southampton

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Surface pro 4 / Surface pro 2017 i5 or /macbook 12/pro ect.

Looking for a Surface pro 4 or 2017 not looking to spend a fortune let me know what you have and price.
or if you have a computer I might also be interested. if its a laptop would only be looking for a 13″

thanks guys.

Location: Liverpool

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Surface pro 4 / Surface pro 2017 i5 or /macbook 12/pro ect.

Surface pro 4 / Surface pro 2017 i5 or /macbook 12/pro ect.

Looking for a Surface pro 4 or 2017 not looking to spend a fortune let me know what you have and price.
or if you have a computer I might also be interested. if its a laptop would only be looking for a 13″

thanks guys.

Location: Liverpool

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Looking for a Surface pro 4 or 2017 not looking to spend a fortune let me know what you have and price.
or if you have a computer I might also be interested. if its a laptop would only be looking for a 13″

thanks guys.

Location: Liverpool

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Xiaomi Air 13

Looking to spend around £500, already own one but the offer half now want’s one.

What have you got?

Thanks.

Location: Suffolk

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Xiaomi Air 13