The Quantum Computing Workshop will be held December 20-23, 2011 in Paris, France. The Quantum Computing Workshop will be centered on questions relating to the computational resources required to run quantum algorithms on realistic quantum computers. Both the complete estimation of required resources and their optimization will be the focus of this workshop.
The workshop targets multidisciplinary professionals with expertise in such fields as compilers and high-level language development, automated design tools, error correcting codes, control theory, algorithms, computer design, quantum physics, and software development, among others. The workshop naturally breaks up into three core technical areas: quantum algorithm implementation, quantum error correction, and quantum optimal control. A quantum computing toolbox to study these problems will need to contain such things as quantum programming environments, as well as tools for generating, analyzing and optimally selecting quantum error correction and control protocols. This set of tools will serve the goal of measuring and improving the overhead of error correction and control and as a means of programming complex quantum algorithms of a realistic size.
Quantum computing holds great promise for solving important classically intractable computational problems. Ongoing work in theoretical and experimental physics continues to make advances in a number of technologies that might one day underlay a quantum information processor. Relatively little investment has been made in exploring the computer science side of quantum information science (QIS) even though the challenges that quantum computing poses to the world of computer science are on a par with the challenges posed to the world of physics.
The quantum computing market is still in its infancy stage. The governments are the major driving force behind investments in quantum computing R&D. These investments are the market. The government investments finance research and top talent in government labs, corporate labs and academic institutions. The world's largest government IT/Defense contractors follow the government suit. Venture capital firms will pour money into quantum computing at the first sign of commercial breakthrough.