Electrons are being destroyed in the name of quantum computing and artificial intelligence, according to the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which is the subject of a new investigation by the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is investigating the destruction of millions of electron-positron beams during experiments carried out in the United States and Europe.
“In the U-20 project, the supercomputer utilized a number of different processes to destroy particles and positrons,” OIG spokesman Robert Osterman said in a statement to Newsweek.
“This type of destruction is not a problem in a large number of other experiments, but this one seems particularly egregious.”
The U-19 and U-21 experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) involved destroying an average of about 15 electron-pair pairs a second, and the U21 experiment used a total of about 5,000 electron-pairs per second.
Osterman declined to comment on whether the OIG has any reason to believe that the U20 and U21 experiments could have been avoided.
In a statement, Ostermann said that the OIA is conducting a separate investigation into the OTS-20 experiments.
“The OTS project was the first in which the United Kingdom and the United [sic] States jointly developed supercomputers that could perform quantum computing.
OTS was also the first to demonstrate the capabilities of quantum computation, which enabled computers to learn about the world in unprecedented detail,” Ostermen said.
“The OIAS investigation is looking at whether OTS could have prevented the destruction at Oak Hill.”
The OII, or Office of Information Technology and Innovation, is a joint project of the Department’s Office for Science and Technology Policy and the Office of Intelligence and Research.
The OIA investigates and investigates potential violations of laws and regulations affecting the United Nations, including cybersecurity, cybersecurity cooperation, and cyber warfare.
The department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Counterintelligence (OMCIC) was set up to oversee OTS in March, according the statement.”OMCICS has received reports of the OSS-20 experiment at Oak Mountain,” OII spokesman James Fudge said in the statement to The Hill.
“OMCIS is currently reviewing these reports and will continue to cooperate with the OIAs investigators.
We have not received any reports of damage to the supercomputing systems.
OIIs mission is to monitor, detect, and respond to violations of United Nations Security Council and non-state actors’ (NSS) cyber operations, as well as to enforce the laws and rules of the United Nation, including those pertaining to counterintelligence.”
The supercomputer in question was purchased in 2018 by the UK government, and OII said that it was the most powerful computer ever built.
In March, the OIII released a report detailing the damage to OTS and its researchers.
The report said that “the U-30 experiment conducted by the UBS ERC20, the largest and most complex experiment of its kind ever performed, was compromised by a series of technical and operational failures that left it unable to perform the experiment at its full potential.”
The report also said that OTS’s ability to process data at its highest level “was severely degraded, resulting in the loss of the ability to perform all operations in the experiment.”
The problem at Oak Hills could have affected hundreds of thousands of electron and positron particles, but the OII didn’t identify which supercomputer was responsible for the destruction.
OIST said that at the time of the incident, OTS had the most data and processing power in the world.”OIAS and the OIES will continue their investigation to understand the full scope of the problem and to address it,” OIII spokesman Oster said in his statement to the Hill.