Quantum Computing News Update – 18th July 2018


This is a Blog posting of the latest additions (18th July 2018) to the Everything Quantum website, a website about everything related to quantum computing.


9th July 2018 – Quantum Computing Takes Flight at D-Wave – Colin P. Williams (D-Wave) – (1:39:03)

D-Wave is one of the leading companies in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems. Based on an approach called quantum annealing, which the majority of quantum computer scientists had originally eschewed, D-Wave has built four generations of quantum computers over the past 8 years and delivered them to brand name customers including Lockheed-Martin/USC, Google/NASA/USRA, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Colin Williams, VP Strategy & Corporate Development at D-Wave Systems Inc, will describe D-Wave’s approach to annealing-based quantum computing, how the technology works, the kinds of applications to which it is most suited, and the evidence for it exhibiting quantum advantage.

17th May 2018 – Platforms for quantum computing – Josh Nunn (University of Bath) (1:31:56) – (download slides here)

Quantum computing is still at an early stage, and the range of possible platforms is diverse, with important contenders being superconducting circuits, trapped ions, defect centres in diamond, donor spins in silicon and pure photonics.

Josh Nunn, from the University of Bath, reviews the merits and challenges of these approaches. He also describes the recent trend towards hybrid “modular” architectures, and describes the need for coherent storage to synchronise optical entanglement swapping. His own work focusses on broadband light storage and Josh describes how these devices could solve the scaling challenges for all-photonic quantum computing.

9th May 2018 – Programming the world’s first quantum computers using Forest – Will Zeng (Rigetti) (1:22:09)

The first scalable universal quantum computers are now available, such as the 19 qubit processor built by Rigetti Computing. In this talk, Dr. Zeng introduces a freely available open-source environment (Forest) for programming these devices.



16th July 2018 – D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum systemArs Technica – Analysis of the recent results announced by D-Wave on modelling a quantum mechanical system.

16th July 2018 – New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very HappyGizmodo – Analysis of the recent results announced by D-Wave on modelling a quantum mechanical system.

6th July 2018Designer diamonds could one day help build a quantum internetScienceNews – new synthetic diamonds have been created that can both transmit and store quantum information, opening the way to possible long distance communication of quantum information.

18th June 2018 – Volkswagen Turns To Quantum Computers For Advanced Battery ResearchClean Technica about how Volkswagen are working with D-Wave and Google to shorten the time to create new and better battery technology.

9th March 2017 – Here, there and everywhereThe EconomistVery comprehensive (if a little old now) essay about the state of quantum computing at the end of the first quarter of 2017.


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