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Monday, July 18 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tutorial: Introduction to Quantum Computing 2016

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Introduction to Quantum Computing 2016, a full day tutorial, will review potential approaches to quantum computing and explore adiabatic quantum computing in particular.

Quantum computing has progressed from ideas and research to implementation and product development. The original gate or circuit model of quantum computing has now been supplemented with several novel architectures that promise a quicker path to implementation and scaling. Additionally, there are multiple physical devices capable of providing controllable evolution of a quantum wavefunction which could form the basis for a quantum computer.

Real quantum computers implement a specific architecture using a particular choice of underlying devices. The combination of architecture and device gives rise to the programming model and operating characteristics of the system. The programming model in turn determines what kinds of algorithms the system can execute.

This introductory course includes a hands-on laboratory in which students will formulate and execute programs on a live quantum computer in Canada.

The attendees should:
- gain a high level understanding of the different types of potential quantum computers
- become familiar with adiabatic quantum computing architecture and programming model
- be able to run quantum algorithms live on a D-Wave quantum computer.

The class will be a lecture /lab format, labs will have step by step instructions with support staff to guide attendees and answer questions as they develop their own quantum algorithms. Attendees will be exposed to the types of problems and applications suitable for today’s quantum technology. It is our hope that attendees will leave this tutorial inspired to create new algorithms and applications, and to explore the adiabatic or other paradigms of quantum computing. A class website will be created allowing attendees to access the presentation materials.

It is recommended attendees are working toward or have a degree in Computer Science, Math, and Physics, or have a degree of mathematical maturity and/or familiarity with algorithms and data structures.

Logistics & Requirements:
o Length of the tutorial (full-day (7 hours))
o Percentage of content split: beginner 30%, intermediate 50%, advanced 20%
o Requirements for attendees:
• Class size 20 -30 participants
Participants will need to provide their own laptop and be able to connect via RDP (Microsoft remote desktop client recommended for Windows and OSX devices) to individual AWS hosted VM instances running Windows 2012 R2 server which contain our software. Participants with non-Windows desktops should install one of the following clients:
- Mac OSX/iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417?mt=12 may need upgrade of the OS to the latest patch level.
- Android: same as for OSX/iOS can be found on the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android&hl=en may need OS upgrades to the latest patch levels.
- Linux: “RDesktop” found at the following location: http://www.rdesktop.org/ may require dependent packages to be installed and comes in a tar.gz format.

Monday July 18, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Sandringham InterContinental Miami