Jake Retallick received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia in 2014 and is currently pursuing a M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include modelling quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) circuits, and simulation methods for sparsely connected Ising spin glass systems.
Conference Proceedings: 2014 Conference on Optoelectronic and Microelectronic Materials Devices
Abstract: Simulations of quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA) on classical computers are highly limited due to the exponential growth in resources required for the numerical simulation of quantum mechanics involving networks of finite state nodes. Recent advancements in computing based on networks of flux-qubits, and in particular the platform technology developed by D-Wave Systems Inc., have made it possible to explore QCA networks that are intractable on classical machines. However, the embedding of such networks onto the available processor architecture is a key challenge in setting up such simulations. In this work, two approaches to embedding QCA circuits are characterized: a dense placement algorithm that uses a routing method based on negotiated congestion; and a heuristic method implemented in D-Wave’s SAPI package. Both embedding methods are characterized using a set of basic QCA benchmark circuits of various sizes and complexities. When including diagonal interactions only in the case of an inverter, both methods were able to embed a 4-bit 2-1 multiplexer circuit containing 192 non-driver QCA cells onto the 512 qubit D-Wave Vesuvius chip architecture. Including diagonal interactions for all cells, both methods successfully embedded a serial adder circuit containing 126 non-driver cells.