Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk or presentation at a conference
Professor Carmen G. Almudéver presented current challenges in quantum computing and described how multidisciplinary science is working toward solutions. Quantum computers promise to solve a certain set of hard problems that are intractable for even the most powerful current supercomputers. Remarkable progress has been made in recent years in quantum hardware, and quantum computation in the cloud is already a reality, offering small quantum processors that are capable of handling basic quantum algorithms. IT behemoths such as Google, Intel, Microsoft, and IBM, along with numerous research groups, are working on building the first universal quantum computer. Building such a quantum system requires bridging quantum algorithms and quantum processors, the professor noted.
Almudéver first presented the state of the art in quantum computing, emphasizing the main challenges, which include improvement and scalability of quantum processors, classical control electronics at (possibly) cryogenic temperatures, and definition of a heterogeneous quantum computer architecture. She then discussed the system architecture, focusing on making quantum computing fault-tolerant, and the compilation of quantum circuits. In the last part of the talk, she presented her vision on how the research community could accelerate the process toward building such a scalable quantum machine, potentially through vertical cross-layer co-design structured methodologies, and possible applications, particularly quantum-enhanced deep-learning co-processors.