Why a Workshop on Physical Implementation of Quantum Computing?

Quantum Computing Structure We recognize that quantum computing technology will revolutionize the high-performance computing landscape by solving complex algorithms with exponential speed-up compared to a classical computer. Those applications will require highly integrated and fault tolerant solutions with potentially millions of qubits. In order to achieve that goal, a number of quantum computing architectures have been proposed in which qubits are realized using superconductors, semiconductors, trapped ions, and neutral atoms. Each technology has a unique set of features and challenges. In addition, a critical part of the solution is the low power and high-fidelity cryogenic control electronics that must be integrated with the physical qubit layer. The task of integrating the physical qubit layer with control electronics requires advanced packaging solutions that are cognizant of the fundamental limitations of the cryocooler in which the entire quantum core resides. Finally, a practical quantum computer requires a software stack to translate the algorithm designed by the Quantum Information Scientist into the physical hardware.

In summary, each layer of the system requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. Therefore, the lectures in this workshop aim to give the audience a brief overview in all of the aforementioned technology sectors including the physical qubit, the cryogenic electronics, packaging and integration, and software compilers. In addition, the material is designed to cover practical use cases and the application space as of today. The intent of this workshop is to bring together engineers of electrical, mechanical, materials and computer science disciplines and physicists to describe the state-of-the-art in all the interconnected fields and the opportunities and challenges for future generations of quantum computers.

This Workshop does not intend to cover architectures and algorithms applicable to quantum computing; rather, it is focused on the technologies required to implement practical quantum computers. For more details, see our Call for Presentations.