Faculty Candidate Seminar
Architecting Quantum Computing Systems in the Presence of Noise
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Abstract: Quantum computers may solve some problems far beyond the reach of classical digital computers. However, emerging quantum systems are typically noisy and difficult to control, leaving a significant gap between the exacting requirements of quantum applications and the realities of noisy devices. Bridging this gap is crucial – my work adapts conventional computer systems techniques to meet the critical theoretical and experimental constraints in quantum processors. I divide my talk into three parts: (i) introducing my recent work on systematic noise mitigation for superconducting transmon qubits [MICRO’20], which enhances the robustness of quantum processors through coordination of control instructions; (ii) demonstrating efficient and reliable quantum memory management [ISCA’20], which implements automated tools for allocation, reclamation and reuse of qubits in quantum programs, much like in garbage collection for classical programs; (iii) discussing on-going work on implementing quasi-fault-tolerant rotation gates in quantum error correction, which seeks to provide correctness guarantees for quantum applications by encoding quantum bits in a way that errors can be detected and corrected, analogous to classical error-correcting codes.