The Next Generation of Supercomputing, Coming to You From Canberra

When most of us hear the word “supercomputer” we think of rooms of enormous, warm, buzzing machinery blipping away in a vast, industrial warehouse. But Mark Luo envisages ultra tech that can fit into the palm of a hand.

“Mobile quantum accelerators promise a leap in signal and image processing in autonomous and intelligent technologies at the network edge”, says Mark.

And their applications seem endless.

From defence to autonomous vehicles, speech-to-text conversion and human-machine teaming, he and his team are bringing the highest level of tech to a scale that fits everyday life. Quantum Brilliance has found a way through a technological barrier that has been an industry blocker for years … using diamonds.

But first, let’s back up a minute and explain what the folks at Quantum Brilliance actually do. As a venture-backed Australian-German company that started here and at ANU, they deploy quantum accelerators which allow companies to discover and develop software architecture to integrate into their current computing systems.


In a nutshell, Quantum Brilliance has solved the problem that transforms crazy computers from room-sized to palm-sized, and in a couple of short years has grown from idea-stage to a company staffed with over 20 people and international partners in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

There are several things that set Quantum Brilliance apart from their competitors, and without getting too far in the weeds we can explain their success as controlling heat. Supercomputers run hot – far too hot to ever hold in your hand, let alone transform that giant room in Fyshwick to something you could access on the bus. Quantum Brilliance’s core innovations address this barrier to scaling as well as the miniaturisation and integration of control structures crucial to realising chip-scale quantum microprocessors, using diamonds.

They’ve also developed several inventions that increase the capabilities whilst decreasing the size and weight of technology that firms and industry publications worldwide are going crazy for.


Supercomputer tech might only be understood by a chosen few – scientists, engineers, top-of-their-game techies – but we’re proud that at the Canberra Innovation Network we’ve been able to help Mark and his team bring their innovations to the mainstream of their industry. In fact, if you read the Australian Financial Review (AFR) from 24 March 2021, you’ll see their latest big headlines!

Hats off to Quantum Brilliance, and all the startups that solve the world’s challenges with a little bit of mentorship.