A quantum annealer is a computing system that exploits quantum effects-- such as superposition and entanglement --to perform computations. The quantum annealing systems built by D-Wave are designed to be efficient at solving NP-hard optimization problems. This talk will give an overview of how they work, what types of problems they can solve, and what is known to date about their performance.
Dr. Catherine McGeoch is a principal scientist at D-Wave. She was formerly the Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society at Amherst College and, for 27 years, a member of the computer science department at Amherst.