Background reading series

Quantum Computing Primer

This tutorial is intended to introduce the concepts and terminology used in Quantum Computing, to provide an overview of what a Quantum Computer is, and why you would want to program one.

The material here is written using very high level concepts and is designed to be accessible to both technical and non-technical audiences. Some background in physics, mathematics and programming is useful to help understand the concepts presented in this document, although this is not a requirement.

Introduction to the D-Wave Quantum Hardware

How D-Wave processors are built, and how they use the physics of spin systems to implement quantum computation

Aim, audience and required background

The aim of this document is to describe how a quantum computer is physically built, how quantum bits and their associated circuitry are created, addressed, and controlled, and what is happening inside the computer when programmers send information to a D-Wave quantum machine.