June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: Computing with the D-Wave Processor at USC: Quantumness Tests & the Road Toward Applications
Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
12:30 pm - 01:00 pm
Room:   Hall 1
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:01:00 pm - 02:15 pm Lunch
Speaker:   Federico Spedalieri, USC
Abstract:   Quantum computing promises groundbreaking speedups for certain computational tasks. However, despite two decades of intense research, the dream of a universal quantum computer is still not a reality. On the other hand, a special purpose device that uses quantum mechanical effects to perform a particular computational task has been commercially available for the last few years. The D-Wave processor relies on superconducting quantum interference devices to solve a combinatorial optimization problem following a protocol known as quantum annealing. I will discuss the research conducted at USC in the last two years, investigating the properties D-Wave One and D-Wave Two, the 128- and 512-qubit processors. In particular, I will present results that confirm the quantum-mechanical character of the processor, and discuss the issues that need to be addressed in order to bridge the gap from basic science to practical applications.