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Explorations in Adiabatic Quantum Optimisation (Dr. Joachim Wabnig, Nokia Research Centre, Cambridge)

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The big promise of quantum computing is a huge speedup compared to its classical counterpart. Twenty years after the discovery of Shor’s factoring algorithm a whole zoo of quantum algorithms exists with speedups ranging from polynomial to superpolynomial, but universal quantum computers able to run these algorithms will remain out of reach for years to come. A more feasible approach to quantum computing that emerged in recent years is to abandon universality and concentrate the efforts on hardware that can natively solve quadratic binary optimisation problems. I will review an implementation using superconducting qubits and its limitations. I will discuss what kind of problems can be solved on the hardware and a connection will be made between binary optimisation problems, sampling and machine learning.

This talk is part of the Hitachi Cambridge Seminar Series series.

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