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Gibbons Lectures 2019: Quantum computing: What it is, and how we do it

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Streamed live on May 7, 2019

Dr Michael Dinneen will give an explanation (for novices) of what quantum computing is, and compare it to traditional digital/classical computing.

Currently there are three main types of quantum computers that are being proposed and built, which are based on quantum circuit gates, adiabatic quantum annealing, and quantum walks on graphs.

These are being promoted by big name companies like IBM, Google, D-Wave, Rigetti and IonQ.

Dr Dineen will discuss the School of Computer Science’s active research using a D-Wave 2X quantum computer, which is located at the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center.

After introducing the basic computational model, Dr Dinneen will give a tutorial on how one formulates a simple (but NP-hard) computational optimisation problem so that one can then embed, run/solve, and process/decode the results obtained from these adiabatic quantum computers.

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