Quantum High Performance Computing for Chemistry and Materials

Matthias Troyer, Quantum Architectures and Computation Group, Microsoft Research
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2017-10-12 14:00 - 15:00
AMPEL #311
Following experimental realizations of small but scalable quantum computers we may soon see the first quantum computers with the potential to outperform the fastest classical computers. It is thus timely to identify application problems that a quantum computer could solve better than any classical supercomputer. Despite the challenges posed by mature classical computing technology we can identify several interesting application areas for quantum computers that can make the efforts to build a quantum computer not only a scientifically but also a commercially interesting endeavor. These include materials science and quantum chemistry as the “native" applications of quantum technology, which I will present in some detail. A closer look at these algorithms reveals that in parallel to the development of quantum computing hardware, a strong effort in quantum software engineering and algorithmic optimization is needed to make quantum computers competitive for a wide range of applications.
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