Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-07-08

Quantum computing

The Tuesday morning session at ISC17 on Quantum Annealing and its Applications for Simulation in Science and Industry was chaired by Kristel Michielsen from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. She also gave the first presentation of this session in which she provided an introduction to quantum annealing. The problems of interest for new computing technologies are optimization problems. They include scheduling, trading, flight and train scheduling, production planning, image processing, and so on. The challenge is to find the best option among a finite set of feasible solutions and to minimize the cost function. Kristel Michielsen explained to the audience how to find the minimum energy state of a physical system. Read further...
During the Quantum Annealing session on Tuesday morning at ISC17, Christian Seidel from Volkswagen asked the audience whether there is a real-world problem that could be addressed with a quantum computer. Indeed there is, namely traffic flow optimisation. Everybody is familiar with traffic jam and nobody likes it. He showed the audience how you can maximize traffic flow using the D-Wave quantum annealer. The team at Volkswagen consists among others of Gabriele Compostella and Florian Neukart. Read further...