JUNE 19–23, 2016

Presentation Details

Name: Quantum Computing at NASA: Challenges & Opportunities
Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
Room:   Panorama 1
Messe Frankfurt
Breaks:02:45 pm - 03:30 pm Coffee Break
Speaker:   Rupak Biswas, NASA Ames Research Center
Abstract:   Success of NASA missions depends on solving numerous complex computing challenges, some of which are NP-hard and intractable on traditional supercomputers. Quantum computers have unique capabilities for solving such difficult problems by harnessing quantum mechanical effects such as tunneling, superposition, and entanglement. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at NASA Ames Research Center is the space agency’s primary facility for conducting research in quantum information sciences (QIS). If explored to its full potential, QIS can greatly accelerate a wide range of tasks leading to new technologies and discoveries that will significantly change the way we solve real-world problems. NASA routinely deals with hard optimization problems related to missions in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences, and space exploration. The QuAIL team hopes to demonstrate that a quantum system will dramatically improve NASA’s ability to solve these problems. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the D-Wave 2X system, recent results from a set of NASA application areas, and key hurdles and challenges that must be overcome to realize the full potential of quantum computing.