Quantum Annealing and Error Correction With Lots of Qubits
Speaker: Daniel Lidar, University of Southern California
Department: Electrical Engineering
Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium 222
Date/Time: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In October 2011 USC and Lockheed Martin jointly founded a quantum computing center housing D-Waves 128 qubit Rainier processor, which implements programmable thermal quantum annealing using superconducting flux qubits. In March this year the processor was upgraded to the 512 qubit Vesuvius model. These are special-purpose processors designed to find the ground state of a broad class of 2D classical Ising models with as many spins as qubits. This talk will describe some of the work we have done at USC to benchmark the processors against highly optimized classical algorithms, to test for quantum effects, and to perform error correction.