Here are some pictures of the most recent Washington generation chips. These are C16 chips — 16*16*8 = 2,048 physical qubits. Enjoy!
A great blog post by Alexei Andreev, a long-time investor in D-Wave and PhD in condensed matter physics. Excellent insights, recommended reading!
Hi everyone! Sorry for being silent for a while. Working. :-)
Two interesting papers appeared on the arxiv this week, both from people at Ames working on their D-Wave Two.
A new paper published today in Phys Rev X. It demonstrates eight qubit entanglement in a D-Wave processor, which I believe is a world record for solid state qubits. This is an exceptional paper with an important result. The picture to the left measures a quantity that, if negative, verifies entanglement. The quantity s is the time — the quantum annealing procedure goes from the left to the right, with entanglement maximized near the area where the energy gap is smallest.
Here is the abstract:
Entanglement lies at the core of quantum algorithms designed to solve problems that are intractable by classical approaches. One such algorithm, quantum annealing (QA), provides a promising path to a practical quantum processor. We have built a series of architecturally scalable QA processors consisting of networks of manufactured interacting spins (qubits). Here, we use qubit tunneling spectroscopy to measure the energy eigenspectrum of two- and eight-qubit systems within one such processor, demonstrating quantum coherence in these systems. We present experimental evidence that, during a critical portion of QA, the qubits become entangled and entanglement persists even as these systems reach equilibrium with a thermal environment. Our results provide an encouraging sign that QA is a viable technology for large scale quantum computing.
Here’s a neat paper from UCL and USC researchers ruling out several classical models for the D-Wave Two, including the SSSV model (“…the SSSV model can be rejected as a classical model for the D-Wave device”), and giving indirect evidence for up to 40 qubit entanglement in a real computer processor.
We’re ranked #40. I suppose 40th is OK. Although of course we should be #1. Maybe next time.
The article is online here and it will be in the hardcopy magazine on March 4.
The president of the University of Toronto, Dr. Meric Gertler, attended the last G7 meeting, which coincidentally was on the first day of the 2014 Winter Olympics. He presented us with medals. This is as close to Olympic gold as I’m going to get, so the gesture was appreciated.
I knew I should have worn my suit.
Here’s a ‘group shot’ with my G7 friends sporting their new hardware.