The First International Workshop on Adiabatic Quantum Computing (AQC 2012) is taking place on March 7-8, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM. The workshop is hosted and organized by Sandia National Laboratories. The focus of this workshop, bringing together researchers from different communities to explore the Adiabatic Quantum Computing paradigm, is Challenges to Implementation. The workshop will have an especial focus on AMO (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical) and solid-state technologies. Its goal is to initiate a cross-platform dialogue on the implementation challenges that must be overcome to realize useful adiabatic quantum computations in existing or near-term hardware.
Adiabatic Quantum Computing (AQC) promises to be robust to many noise sources that cause ordinary quantum circuits to fail, including environmental decoherence and imperfect control. While any quantum algorithm can be run on a universal adiabatic quantum computer in principle, combinatorial optimization problems appear to be the most natural for near-term devices. Understanding the landscape of AQC architectures and algorithms, and methods for realizing them, continues to be an active and vibrant research area.