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Quantum Computing: The Quantum Advantage

September 2020 Podcast
Jason Larkin

Dr. Jason Larkin discusses the challenges of working in the NISQ era and the work that the SEI is doing in quantum computing.

“There are a lot of things that we can look out on a 10- to 20-year time frame and say, Ah, if we have a big enough quantum computer with high enough fidelity qubits and operations, then we know we can do these classically intractable problems. But the harder problem is in the next five years or less, what is the answer to that question?”

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Software Engineering Institute

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Abstract

While actual quantum computers are available from several different companies, we are currently in the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) era. Working in the NISQ era presents a number of challenges, and the SEI is working to use NISQ devices not only to solve specific mission applications for the Department of Defense, but also to help determine when they will demonstrate so-called quantum advantage: a quantum computer solving a problem of practical interest faster than a classical computer. In this podcast, Dr. Jason Larkin discusses the challenges of working in the NISQ era and the work that the SEI is doing in quantum computing. Dr. Larkin also provides a list of resources in this area.