Experimental Demonstrations of Native Implementation of Boolean Logic Hamiltonian in a Superconducting Quantum Annealer

Experimental demonstrations of quantum annealing with “native” implementation of Boolean logic Hamiltonians are reported. As a superconducting integrated circuit, a problem Hamiltonian whose set of ground states is consistent with a given truth table is implemented for quantum annealing with no redundant qubits. As examples of the truth table, nand and nor are successfully fabricated […]

Performance of Domain-Wall Encoding for Quantum Annealing

In this article, we experimentally test the performance of the recently proposed domain-wall encoding of discrete variables Chancellor, 2019, on Ising model flux qubit quantum annealers. We compare this encoding with the traditional one-hot methods and find that they outperform the one-hot encoding for three different problems at different sizes of both the problem and […]

Solving the Max-Flow Problem on a Quantum Annealing Computer

This article addresses the question of implementing a maximum flow algorithm on directed graphs in a formulation suitable for a quantum annealing computer. Three distinct approaches are presented. In all three cases, the flow problem is formulated as a quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) problem amenable to quantum annealing. The first implementation augments a graph […]

Toward Quantum Gate-Model Heuristics for Real-World Planning Problems

Many challenging scheduling, planning, and resource allocation problems come with real-world input data and hard problem constraints, and reduce to optimizing a cost function over a combinatorially defined feasible set, such as colorings of a graph. Toward tackling such problems with quantum computers using quantum approximate optimization algorithms, we present novel efficient quantum alternating operator […]

Solving the Network Shortest Path Problem on a Quantum Annealer

This article addresses the formulation for implementing a single source, single-destination shortest path algorithm on a quantum annealing computer. Three distinct approaches are presented. In all the three cases, the shortest path problem is formulated as a quadratic unconstrained binary optimization problem amenable to quantum annealing. The first implementation builds on existing quantum annealing solutions […]