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Designing Quantum Annealing Schedules using Bayesian Optimization

22 May 2023-
TL;DR: In this article , the use of Bayesian optimization techniques to design quantum annealing schedules with minimal user and resource requirements is proposed and analyzed for two paradigmatic spin models, and the scheme can help improve the design of hybrid quantum algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems such as the maximum independent set problem.
Abstract: We propose and analyze the use of Bayesian optimization techniques to design quantum annealing schedules with minimal user and resource requirements. We showcase our scheme with results for two paradigmatic spin models. We find that Bayesian optimization is able to identify schedules resulting in fidelities several orders of magnitude better than standard protocols for both quantum and reverse annealing, as applied to the $p$-spin model. We also show that our scheme can help improve the design of hybrid quantum algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems, such as the maximum independent set problem, and illustrate these results via experiments on a neutral atom quantum processor available on Amazon Braket.