FEB 19TH – FEB 22ND
LOCATION: University of British Columbia, Kaiser 2020, except for Thursday in McLeod 202
Arman Zaribafiyan, Dennis Loktionov, Maliheh Aramon, Ehsan Zahedinejad, Valentin Senicourt, Takeshi Yamazaki – 1QBit
Tushar Mittal, Amy Brown – Rigetti
Robert Raussendorf, Roman Krems, Joseph Salfi, Lukas Chrostowski, Parham Pashaei – UBC
Industrial developments in quantum computing are progressing at a rapid pace, and there are now several companies offering access to their hardware via a cloud interface – DWave, Rigetti, IBM, and Google – and software companies that know how to use them – 1QBit, and many others. However, the field is still in its infancy: quantum computers have not yet shown a quantum advantage over classical computers, and it may yet be two decades before universal quantum computers become available and start making major societal impacts. Yet we are presently in a very exciting era, the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) era, which features analog quantum computers with a limited number of qubits that operate in a non-error controlled manner, which may have near-term applications, e.g., quantum molecular simulations. The technologies being developed today will form the basis for the next generation universal quantum computers that will be fault-tolerant. Hence it is critical to learn not only how to use NISQ computers, but also advance our knowledge in software and algorithms that will be needed in both NISQ and universal QCs.