Quantum Supremacy and Beyond

Friday, September 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PSTiCal
Sergio Boxio

ISI Esteemed Alumni Seminar Announcement:

We are pleased to announce the kickoff seminar of the ISI Esteemed Alumni Seminar Series! We are very excited to welcome back Sergio Boixo as our first speaker.  The seminar will be held on September 8th, 2017 at 1 PM/4 PM (PST/EST) in Marina Del Rey room #1135/#1137 and broadcast via Blue Jeans to Arlington (room #207) and Waltham via Blue Jeans.  

The title of Sergio’s seminar is “Quantum Supremacy and Beyond”. A critical question for the field of quantum computing in the near future is whether quantum devices without error correction can perform a well-defined computational task beyond the capabilities of state-of-the-art classical computers, achieving so-called quantum supremacy. We study the task of sampling from the output distributions of (pseudo-)random quantum circuits, a natural task for benchmarking quantum computers. We argue that quantum supremacy can be achieved in the near-term with approximately fifty superconducting qubits. We introduce cross entropy as a useful benchmark of quantum circuits which approximates the circuit fidelity. 

Sergio Boixo is a Staff Research Scientist at Google and the Tech Lead of the Google Quantum A. I. Lab theory group. Previously he was a Computer Scientist and Quantum Computing Engineer at the Computational Sciences Division of USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI) and a Research Professor at USC. He was a postdoc at Harvard and Caltech. He has a PhD in Physics from UNM and a MSc from UAB. He has authored over forty five papers on Quantum Computing. Sergio Boixo is particularly interested in near term practical quantum computing. 


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The purpose of the ISI Esteemed Alumni Seminar Series is to foster a life-long identity as an ISIer, maintain our network with former ISI researchers, and to provide a sense of institutional history to the current ISI staff. Seminar topics will include an alumnus's current research path, their efforts in transitioning ISI research into practice, or historical retrospectives on seminal ISI research projects. Please send any suggestions for speakers to our mailing list alumni-seminar-series@isi.edu.

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