Quantum Computing

March 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
300 Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue

Quantum computers are not just science fiction anymore, with many companies building increasingly more powerful quantum computers. While, concepts in quantum computing have been around for over 30 years, it hasn’t been generally accessible until recently. Despite this quantum computing is still very much in its infancy and there are physical limitations preventing them from being generally usable. But the machines that are available today are useful for experimentation and showcasing certain applications where they will be useful in the future. Open source software for quantum computing has started being developed as these new machines are being built. Learning the lessons from the history of developing classical computers, there are already several open source SDKs, languages, and libraries being developed for quantum computers despite the current limitations of quantum computers. This means as the technology matures and becomes more practical there will already be an open source ecosystem for using quantum computing. This talk will provide an introduction to the basics of quantum information theory, look at some of the quantum computers out there, explore the open source tooling available for quantum computing, and show how you can use that to write your own quantum programs and run them on simulators and actual quantum computers. Speaker: Matt Treinish 16th Anniversary: This will also be the 16th Anniversay meeting, as such, there will be cake. Lightning Talks: We’ll also be doing the following lightning talks before the meeting: * None yet, please propose below! Propose a Lightning Talk Location: 300 Rockefeller Hall 3rd Floor Auditorium Vassar College 124 Raymond Ave Poughkeepsie, NY 12604