The "International Workshop on Simulation and Manipulation of Quantum Systems for Information Processing (SMQS-IP2011)" took place from 17 to 19 October 2011 in the rotunda of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. The goal of the workshop was to discuss methods to simulate and manipulate quantum systems for pure scientific as well as for more applied purposes.
More than 50 researchers from Germany,
France, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States and Japan participated in the workshop. Recent developments
in quantum annealing, open quantum systems, quantum computer hardware,
optical lattices, equilibration and
thermalization of quantum systems, quantum biology, and related topics were highlighted in talks and posters.
The exploitation of quantum effects,
requiring coherent control of dissipative
dynamics and entanglement control, is expected to have profound implications for future emerging technologies
including nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology. The magnetic
moments of nuclei, atoms and molecules
can exhibit strong quantum behaviour. Studying the dynamics of these systems
is of great importance for quantum
Managing and designing complex
quantum systems with specified be-
haviour for quantum information
processing requires a deep understanding of the cooperative behaviour of their components. Unravelling this behaviour necessitates an intensive collaboration between theoreticians and experimenters. The workshop
successfully presented an overview of the current research on a broad spectrum of topics related to quantum information processing. A follow-up
workshop will take place in Jülich in October 2012.
• Kristel Michielsen