Applied Research in Performance Enhancement for Quantum Annealing
D-Wave Systems develops and manufactures quantum annealing processors. These processors implement a model of quantum computation that seeks to solve hard problems by exploiting quantum effects such as tunneling and superposition. The aim of this project is to study and improve the performance of quantum annealing processors by mitigating inherent and implementation-dependent failure mechanisms for near-term quantum annealing devices. This will benefit D-Wave by improving the performance of their processors, and will drive forward the field of quantum annealing in general by expanding our understanding of real-world failure mechanisms in quantum annealing processors.