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An Introduction to Quantum Computing, D-Wave Style

D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software, and the world's only commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing to solve the most challenging national defense, scientific, technical, and commercial problems. D-Wave's systems are being used by some of the world's most advanced organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA Ames, the University of Southern California and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Rather than store information using bits represented by 0s or 1s as conventional computers do, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, to encode information as 0s, 1s, or both simultaneously. This superposition of states, along with the quantum effects of entanglement and quantum tunneling, enable quantum computers to consider and manipulate many combinations of bits simultaneously. In 2010 D-Wave Systems released the world's first commercially available quantum computer, the D-Wave One™. We have doubled the number of qubits with each successive generation, shipping the 512-qubit D-Wave Two™ system in 2013, the 1000+ qubit D-Wave 2X™ system in 2015, and the new 2000-qubit D-Wave 2000Q™ system in 2017. Solving problems with the D-Wave 2000Q system can be thought of as trying to find the lowest point on a landscape of peaks and valleys. Every possible solution is mapped to coordinates on the landscape, and the altitude of the landscape is the "energy" or "cost" of the solution at that point. The aim is to find the lowest point or points on the map and read the coordinates, as this gives the lowest energy, or optimal solution to the problem. The special properties of quantum physics, such as quantum tunneling, allow the quantum computer to explore this landscape in ways that have never before been possible with classical systems. In this seminar, we will present an overview of D-Wave Systems, give an introduction to quantum computing, discuss potential applications, and introduce and demonstrate the D-Wave 2000Q system.

See the press release of the D-Wave 2000Q™ system

Registration form [for "Space Exploration and Research" LGS only]

Registration form [for the other people]

Discussion session: 17:15- at Science Bldg. B, Room B311.


slides (part1) by Mr. Ewald

slides (part2) by Dr. Dahl


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