D-Wave Programming December 13-14, 2017

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, 14 December 2017 5:00 PM EST

900 N Glebe Rd., 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 9:00 AM - Thursday, 14 December 2017 5:00 PM EST

Virginia Tech Research Center Arlington, 900 N Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA, 22203, United States.

The goal of this programming class is to expand attendees' understanding of quantum computing as implemented on the D-Wave System.  Labs are integrated into each module, and attendees will have access to both simulators and a live system located in Canada.  It is recommended that attendees have a Master’s Degree or higher in one of the following disciplines: Computer Science, Math, and Physics or equivalent, or has demonstrated experience implementing algorithms in C/C++, Matlab, Python, etc.

This lecture/lab format will provide information on the D-Wave quantum computer system. There will be two separate instructional components.  During class you will learn:

  • about the hardware and software environments for a D-Wave quantum computer  
  • how to solve and think about problems on a D-Wave quantum computer
  • methods of programming a D-Wave quantum computer
  • to use tools and run problems on a live D-Wave quantum computing system
  • to download and use our qOp tool package and discuss applications ideas.



Virginia Tech Research Center @ Arlington, 900 North Glebe Rd in Arlington, VA 22203.

Class Schedule

December 13th     9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

December 14th     09:00 am - 5:00 pm 

There is a $350.00 fee to attend, which will include a light breakfast available at 8:30 AM, and lunch mid-day on both days. The fee is payable using PayPal at the bottom of this registration site.

Attendees are asked to bring their own device (devices need to be set up prior to class to run a certified Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client.)



Dr. Edward (Denny) Dahl received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University in 1985.  His thesis work was with Richard Blankenbecler at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center on Hamiltonian methods in lattice gauge theories.  Dr. Dahl transitioned into the field of neural networks in the 1980's, applying Hopfield networks to a variety of optimization problems and studying accelerated convergence techniques for stochastic gradient descent.  He worked at Thinking Machines Corporation in the technical marketing group and was responsible for helping users develop algorithms that could run in the SIMD (single instruction multiple data) computational model.  He obtained a patent for mapping irregular grid architectures to the hypercube architecture of the CM-2 system and was instrumental in the development of a macro programming language for the vector processors of the CM-5.  Since then, Dr. Dahl has provided development support for management and optimization of high data volume and high complexity decision support systems at a variety of companies (Teradata, eBay, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America).  He joined D-Wave Systems in 2012. 

Dr. Joel Gottlieb received a B. S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from University of Michigan in 1983, and a Ph. D in Physics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1990.  Joel has experience as a Senior Unix Software Engineer, a Principal Technical Member at AT&T, A Principal Software Engineer at Intersect Solutions, and a Consultant for Microsoft Inc.  He joined D-Wave Systems as Senior Pre-Sales Analyst in 2016, where he works with the software tools group and is part of the training team assisting new users on D-Wave systems and simulators.

This event is being organized by Diane Carr / D-Wave Systems Inc.

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