Opening Keynotes

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Quantum Introduction

Superconducting Electronics (SCE) will be a critical enabling technology for a number of applications and technology leadership areas important to industry and government, including high-speed processors important in Raw Performance Compute, Energy Efficient Computing, and Signal Discrimination in Fast-Big Data.    Superconducting Electronics is also a key enabler in research towards the implementation of Scale Quantum Computing and Reversable Computing, including  control logic and the interface foundation for emerging Quantum Information Science (QIS) devices and systems for applications in sensing, communication and information processing.    

As part of the IARPA sponsored SuperTools program targeting the SFQ5ee fabrication process at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Synopsys is collaborating with industry and academia experts in the field of Superconducting Electronics (SCE) to develop a comprehensive set of physics based Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tools for accurate modeling, and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools that enable the automation of digital SCE designs, thereby increasing the integration scale, efficiency, and manufacturability of these designs.  With over thirty years of semiconductor industry experience, Synopsys has developed a wide range of EDA and TCAD products used in the design of traditional application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), and is the only commercial entity to offer the full spectrum of tools that span process and material characterization and modeling, device simulation, design implementation and verification tools, manufacturability and yield enhancement tools through high quality fully tested IP for ASIC.  Participation in the IARPA SuperTools program over the last three years has enabled Synopsys to develop where needed and enhance its tool capabilities to support SCE and deep cryogenic temperatures, 4 Kelvin and below, with an integrated, intrinsic modification of industry proven models and tools.  The combination of validated EDA and TCAD tools, technical guidance and verification from our SCE experts in industry and academia, and support from the Government sponsored foundry at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for their SCE processes SFQ5ee, testing and evaluation from NIST, SANDIA and LBNL aims to enable at-scale demonstrations of SCE technologies.    Many of the tools under development in this program can be used today to explore the performance and power benefits of Superconducting Electronics

Opening Keynote: "Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS) – a new DOE National Quantum Information Science Research Center"

Fermilab, US

Description: In this talk Anna Grassellino, will describe the mission, goals and the partnership strengths of the new US National Quantum Information Research Center SQMS. SQMS brings the power of DOE laboratories, together with industry, academia and other federal entities, to achieve transformational advances in the major cross-cutting challenge of understanding and eliminating the decoherence mechanisms in superconducting 2D and 3D devices, with the final goal of enabling construction and deployment of superior quantum systems for computing and sensing. SQMS combines the strengths of an array of experts and world-class facilities towards these common goals. Materials science experts will work in understanding and mitigating the key limiting mechanisms of coherence in the quantum regime. Coherence time is the limit on how long a qubit can retain its quantum state before that state is ruined by noise. It is critical to advancing quantum computing, sensing and communication. SQMS is leading the way in extending coherence time of superconducting quantum systems thanks to world-class materials science and through the world leading expertise in superconducting RF cavities which are integrated with industry-designed and -fabricated computer chips. Leveraging new understanding from the materials development, quantum device and quantum computing researchers will pursue device integration and quantum controls development for 2-D and 3-D superconducting architectures. One of the ambitious goals of SQMS is to build and deploy a beyond-state-of-the-art quantum computer based on superconducting technologies. Its unique high connectivity will provide unprecedented opportunity to explore novel quantum algorithms. SQMS researchers will ultimately build quantum computer prototypes based on 2-D and 3-D architectures, enabling new quantum simulation for science applications

Anna Grassellino

Director, National Quantum Information Science Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center,

Opening Keynote: "Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor"

UCSB and Quantala, US

Description: The promise of quantum computers is that certain computational tasks might be executed exponentially faster on a quantum processor than on a classical processor. A fundamental challenge is to build a high-fidelity processor capable of running quantum algorithms in an exponentially large computational space. Here we report the use of a processor with programmable superconducting qubits to create quantum states on 53 qubits, corresponding to a computational state-space of dimension 2^53 (about 10^16). Measurements from repeated experiments sample the resulting probability distribution, which we verify using classical simulations. Our Sycamore processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of a quantum circuit a million times—our benchmarks currently indicate that the equivalent task for a state-of-the-art classical supercomputer would take approximately 10,000 years. This dramatic increase in speed compared to all known classical algorithms is an experimental realization of quantum supremacy for this specific computational task, heralding a much-anticipated computing paradigm.

John Martinis

Professor