A joint effort of Lockheed Martin Corporation and the University of Southern California, the Quantum Computation Center (QCC) is housed at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, one of the world’s leading computer science and engineering research entities.
Quantum computing potentially offers orders-of-magnitude gains in speed and memory, as well as greater security, for some computing problems. Applications include “big data” analysis, classification, optimization and machine learning, which in turn could support breakthroughs in aerospace, medical imaging, robotics, finance, web search, bioinformatics and other disciplines.
The QCC is focused on adiabatic quantum computation, in which a problem is encoded into the lowest energy (“coldest”) state of a physical quantum system. Processing occurs on a D-Wave One system with a 128-quantum bit ("qubit") Rainier processor, the world's first specialized adiabatic quantum optimizer. Hardware is kept at near absolute zero temperatures, and the facility contains powerful shielding to block out electromagnetic interference.