Quantum Computing


2018 IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper

IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper
IEEE Future Directions - August 2018

The IEEE Future Directions Committee has a long history of working with industry, academia and national laboratories to use its role as an impartial player to catalyze the development of important new technologies. The Committee brings together stakeholders for meetings in new areas of interest to the IEEE to determine where the Institute might make a contribution. Once the meeting has concluded, the Committee uses a summit output whitepaper to help it decide what technologies to incubate.

This whitepaper is the output of an IEEE Future Directions Quantum Computing Summit (QCS), held in Atlanta in August, 2018. It was attended by 40 major players in quantum sciences from both the public and private sectors.

The summit chairs are Travis Humble and Erik DeBenedictis.

Download the white paper (PDF, 205 KB)


Request for Comments: Metrics and Benchmarks for Quantum Computing Devices and Systems

Recent experimental demonstrations of quantum computing have passed significant milestones in the design, fabrication, and operation of small-scale quantum computing devices. These advances underscore the need to track technical progress in this field and to forecast future developments in quantum engineering research. Such insights are necessary to guide the decisions of policy makers and technology stakeholders as well to monitor the overall growth of the quantum research community.

The IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative is requesting comments on the document “An IEEE Framework for Metrics and Benchmarks of Quantum Computing,” Version 0.2. The purpose of the document is to outline a framework by which the continuing progress in quantum engineering can be monitored by the broader quantum computing community. Comments on the proposed scope, structure, and implementation of the framework from all parts of the quantum computing community are welcome.

Download the published document: An IEEE Framework for Metrics and Benchmarks of Quantum Computing (PDF, 116 KB)

Brief written comments may be submitted online in PDF format using the EasyChair submission system until 31 January 2019. Submissions to the RFC may be made at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ieeemabqcv2


2018 IEEE Quantum Computing Summit

2018 Quantum Computing SummitRecent technical advances are driving rapid growth of interest and attention to quantum computing. While IEEE already has a modest number of activities that include quantum computing, the goal of this summit is to start developing a position that may apply more broadly.

IEEE is in an unusual or unique position amongst players in quantum computing. IEEE is not competing with any other organization and can work with the government in some cases. IEEE does not perform or fund research directly and will not be a prime user of quantum computers. However, IEEE could be very influential through its conferences, publications, roadmap, its members in general, and its outreach in areas like education and public policy. IEEE’s unique position suggests a unique positioning for IEEE. This summit will propose a candidate position.

This meeting is organized like other workshops or summits, which often take a path different than the organizers anticipated. The organizers’ plan is to produce a white paper with a candidate quantumcomputing position for IEEE. The summit will have plenary talks and three sessions of parallel workinggroups. Each group will address issues that could become sections of a white paper and present asummary near the end of the summit. A writer will be present at the conference and will draft a white paper afterwards, circulating it to participants and a few other interested parties.



TopicSpeakerDownload Presentation
Summit Agenda Download (PDF, 156 KB)
Introduction Erik P. DeBenedictis, IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, Center for Computing Research, Sandia Download (PDF, 395 KB)
Hardware for Universal Quantum Computers - a programmable trapped-ion machine Norbert M. Linke, TIQI group; Chris Monroe, JQI, UMD Download (PDF, 2 MB)
Quantum Algorithms: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going Andrew T Sornborger, BML Quantum and Neuromorphic Project Lead, Information Sciences, CCS-3 Download (PDF, 2 MB)