NEC along with Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). has developed a prototype 8 qubit quantum annealer using a new patented architecture from ParityQC. The architecture brings several advantages including high resistance to noise, long coherence time, and high scalability. NEC and Tohoku will research the use of this processor to solve combinatorial optimization problems and will compare the results with quantum annealing machine simulation (NEC Vector Annealing) running on the vector supercomputer “SX Aurora TSUBASA” at Tohoku University. The results of this study will be used for the development of more sophisticated quantum annealing machines and annealing vectors in the future. A press release from NEC announcing the collaboration is available on their website Here. And another press release from ParityQC with additional details about their contribution to this project can be found on their website Here.
June 30, 2023