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IEEE Quantum Week

IEEE Quantum Week12-16 October 2020 | Denver, Colorado, USA

Registration is now open for IEEE Quantum Week! Don't miss IEEE's leading, multidisciplinary venue on all things quantum. This special event will showcase the latest research, technologies, practice, applications, education, and training. Attendees have the unique opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities with the quantum community. Reserve your seat now for early bird discount!

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Summary of the 2019 IEEE Workshop on Benchmarking Quantum Computational Devices and Systems

2019 IEEE Workshop on Benchmarking Quantum Computational Devices and Systems7 November 2019 | San Mateo, California, USA

A summary and speaker presentations on the topics of quantum supremacy and quantum computer performance are now available from our half-day workshop on benchmarking quantum computational devices and systems. The workshop was held in conjunction with the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) and was part of IEEE Rebooting Computing Week 2019.

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IEEE Quantum Education Summit 2019

The IEEE Quantum Initiative organized an educational summit on 6 November 2019 in San Mateo, California, USA, featuring speakers from industry and academia who shared prospects for advancing the field of quantum engineering and dealing with near- and long-term challenges, opportunities, and impacts. The Summit was held in conjunction with the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) and was part of IEEE Rebooting Computing Week 2019.

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Quantum Communications Networks

Satellite-Based Continuous-Variable Quantum Communications: State-of-the-Art and a Predictive Outlook
IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials - August 2019

The recent launch of the Micius quantum-enabled satellite heralds a major step forward for long-range quantum communication. Using single-photon discrete-variable quantum states, this exciting new development proves beyond any doubt that all of the quantum protocols previously deployed over limited ranges in terrestrial experiments can in fact be translated to global distances via the use of low-orbit satellites. In this paper we survey the imminent extension of space-based quantum communication to the continuous-variable regime-the quantum regime perhaps most closely related to classical wireless communications. The continuous variable regime offers the potential for increased communication performance, and represents the next major step forward for quantum communications and the development of the global quantum Internet.

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Computer - Special Issue on Quantum Realism

Computer - Special Issue on Quantum RealismThe June 2019 issue of Computer examines what has been accomplished in quantum computing, ideas that have been demonstrated, and where the path to the future lies. Access articles from this issue below.

EIC's Introduction: Exploring the Current State of Quantum Computing (Open Access)
Quantum Realism (Open Access)
A Hybrid Approach for Solving Optimization Problems on Small Quantum Computers
Really Small Shoe Boxes: On Realistic Quantum Resource Estimation
Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing
Reduction-Based Problem Mapping for Quantum Computing
Stochastic Optimization of Quantum Programs


2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting

2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting1-2 May 2019 | Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

We explored the latest advancements in quantum technologies at the 2019 IEEE Quantum Meeting in Gaithersburg.

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2018 IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper

IEEE Quantum Computing Summit White Paper
IEEE Future Directions - August 2018

The IEEE Future Directions Committee has a long history of working with industry, academia and national laboratories to use its role as an impartial player to catalyze the development of important new technologies. The Committee brings together stakeholders for meetings in new areas of interest to the IEEE to determine where the Institute might make a contribution. Once the meeting has concluded, the Committee uses a summit output whitepaper to help it decide what technologies to incubate.

This whitepaper is the output of an IEEE Future Directions Quantum Computing Summit (QCS), held in Atlanta, GA, USA in August 2018. It was attended by 40 major players in quantum sciences from both the public and private sectors.

The summit chairs are Travis Humble and Erik DeBenedictis.

Download the white paper (PDF, 205 KB)


News Articles

Tiny Satellites Could Distribute Quantum Keys
IEEE Spectrum - June 2020

CubeSat design packs entangled photon generator into small space

Unbreakable quantum keys that use the laws of physics to protect their secrets could soon be transmitted from orbiting devices that a person could lift with one hand.

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Honeywell Claims It Has Most Powerful Quantum Computer
IEEE Spectrum - June 2020

6-qubit ion trap system hits a critical benchmark

Honeywell's quantum computer has reached a new benchmark: a quantum volume of 64. While quantum volume is not a universally accepted benchmark, Tony Uttley, president of Honeywell Quantum Solutions, believes it’s the best measure so far as it takes into account more than just the number of physical qubits.

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Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers
IEEE Spectrum - June 2020

New system one step closer to practical quantum cryptography

Researchers from China have achieved their goal of entanglement-based quantum cryptography by using a satellite that connected two ground stations more than 1,000 kilometers apart with data rates of 0.12 bits per second.

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Quantum Dots Shift Sunlight's Spectrum to Speed Plant Growth
IEEE Spectrum - June 2020

Quantum dots, the nanoparticles that improve color reproduction in TV displays, are migrating from the TV to the farm

Similar to the way quantum dots shift light to create a better picture in QD TVs, the same approach can be used to make plants grow faster, because plants, like LCD filters, are tuned to certain colors of light.

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