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Mark Johnson

Practical Quantum Computing

Mark Johnson, D-Wave


Quantum computing has entered an era where differentiation is better measured in the variety and value of customer applications than it is with physical device metrics. I will review D-Wave’s recent product release, advantage, its role in D-Wave’s approach to attacking business scale problems, and some of the practical uses it is being put to. ¬†These include scheduling, logistics, portfolio optimization, risk assessment, and de novo protein design. Quantum annealing has also shown significant promise in quantum materials simulation, and I will review some of the most important results in this area. While there are no Universal Quantum Computers today, I will discuss the prospects for, and directions towards Universal Quantum Computing.


Mark Johnson Ph.D., Vice President of Quantum Products. Mark joined D-Wave in 2005 as an experimental physicist and superconducting circuit design engineer. He continues to work with the D-Wave’s Quantum Processor Development Team as it has developed and delivered five generations of commercial Quantum Annealing Systems. Prior to joining D-Wave, Mark worked as a Scientist with the Superconductive Electronics Organization in TRW, Inc.