Quantum Computing and IBM Q: An Introduction

Thursday, December 12

10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Future is Now

George Paulik
Electrical Engineer, IBM

Quantum computing is a new paradigm for computing which could lead to breakthroughs in solving problems that are intractable for the most powerful “classical” supercomputers. In this session, we describe some of these important but intractable problems and give examples of quantum algorithms that solve these problems faster than their known classical counterparts.

After providing the motivation for pursuing quantum computing, we discuss the qubit and how it differs from the classical bit. We describe quantum superposition, entanglement, parallelism, and interference, and discuss the basic operation of a quantum algorithm, including the challenges which must be overcome to build a quantum computer that demonstrates an advantage over its classical counterpart.

Participants will use Composer, the IBM Q Experience graphical coding tool, to write and run simple quantum programs.
Laptops will be provided or participants are welcome to bring their own.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the potential of quantum computing and the challenges to realize it.
  2. Understand qubits, quantum superposition, entanglement, parallelism, interference, and the basic operation of a quantum algorithm.
  3. Learn how to write and execute simple quantum code using IBM Q’s Composer tool.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central