Ezra Savard

From January until late August of 2016, I pursued undergraduate research on simulating physical quantum annealing. In this post I’m going to give an overview about D-Wave, quantum annealing, heuristic optimization algorithms, and then touch on what I was researching exactly.

I was tinkering around with my partner’s LED wake-up light project and decided to try upgrading her PWM to a super smooth 16-bit version. Her original code used the Arduino analogWrite() method and worked quite well at higher values, but zero to one was a bit of a jump.

At the start of my undergraduate research, I was tasked with summarizing Google’s 2015 paper “What is the Computational Value of Finite Range Tunneling?” I’m posting it here in case it proves useful to anyone looking for more introductory material on subject of quantum annealing computers.