Useful Quantum Simulation: How classical and quantum computers can team up to tackle matters of substance
Presented by Andrew Baczewski, Sandia National Laboratories
Quantum simulation is one of the most promising applications of quantum information technologies, aiming to elucidate the properties of interacting many-body systems spanning length scales from high energy, to nuclear, to chemical physics. Recent simulations of small systems on NISQ hardware and resource estimates for simulating classically intractable systems on general purpose hardware draw a line from where we are today to a world in which quantum hardware is seemingly the obvious choice for physical simulation of quantum systems. However, ongoing improvements to classical heuristics for simulating quantum systems mean that these goalposts will continue to move and might not have a sharply defined position in the first place. In this talk, I will argue that continued progress towards realizing useful quantum simulation capabilities should rely heavily on the exchange between these classical heuristics and quantum algorithms. I will discuss this in the context of my own work using classical high performance computing resources to simulate systems germane to fusion, catalysis, 2D materials, and even qubits.
3:30 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2018
Room 190, Physics & Astronomy
Northeast corner of Lomas and Yale, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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