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  • Chapter XIVNeuromorphic Adiabatic Quantum Computation

    Shigeo SatoTohuku University, Japan

    Mitsunaga KinjoUniversity of the Ryukus, Japan

    Copyright 2009, IGI Global, distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited.


    Real parallel computing is possible with a quantum computer which makes use of quantum states (Nielsen & Chuang, 2000). It is well known that a quantum computation algorithm for factorization discovered by Shor (1994) is faster than any classical algorithm. Also a quantum algorithm for database search in ( )O N quantum computation steps instead of O(N) classical steps has been proposed by Grover (1996). These algorithms are often referred to as representative quantum algorithms utilizing features of quantum dynamics. A quantum algorithm not limited to a specific problem is needed for the development of a quantum computer from the practical viewpoint. Farhi et al. have proposed an adiabatic quantum computation (AQC) for solving the three-satisfiability (3-SAT) problem (Farhi, Goldstone, Gutmann, & Sipser, 2000). AQC can be applied to various problems including non-deterministic polynomial time problems (NP Problems) if one can obtain proper Hamiltonians. A few methods


    The advantage of quantum mechanical dynamics in information processing has attracted much interest, and dedi-cated studies on quantum computation algorithms indicate that a quantum computer has remarkable computational power in certain tasks. Quantum properties such as quantum superposition and quantum tunneling are worth study-ing because they may overcome the weakness of gradient descent method in classical neural networks. Also, the technique established for neural networks can be useful for developing a quantum algorithm. In this chapter, first the authors show the effectiveness of incorporating quantum dynamics and then propose neuromorphic adiabatic quantum computation algorithm based on the adiabatic change of Hamiltonian. The proposed method can be viewed as one of complex-valued neural networks because a qubit operates like a neuron. Next, the performance of the proposed algorithm is studied by applying it to a combinatorial optimization problem. Finally, they discuss the learning ability and hardware implementation.

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    have been proposed such as the original AQC by Farhi et al. (Farhi & Gutmann, 1996; Farhi et al., 2000; Farhi et al., 2001), AQCs utilizing analogy to quantum circuits (Aharonov et al., 2004; Siu, 2005), and neuromorphic AQC(Sato, Kinjo, & Nakajima 2003; Kinjo, Sato, Nakamiya, & Nakajima, 2005).

    Neural networks can be applied to such combinatorial optimization problems. The most popular approach is to utilize a Hopfield neural network (HNN) (Hopfield, 1982). However, it has been known that an HNN is often trapped in local minima, and an optimal solution is not obtained in this case. This is because the dynamics of the network is determined by the local features of the energy potential. On the other hand, if we can incorporate quantum dynamics into a neural network, such undesired behavior could be avoided.

    Many studies inspired by quantum computation or quantum mechanics have been reported in order to im-prove the performance of neural networks related to associative memories, learning ability, and so on (Ventura & Martinez, 2000; Ezhov & Ventura, 2000; Matsui, Takai, & Nishimura 1998, 2000; Peru, Bischof, Caulfield, & Loo, 2004; Mori, Isokawa, Kouda, Matsui, & Nishimura, 2006). Neural networks having quantum properties can be viewed as one of complex-valued neural networks since its neuron state is expressed in complex numbers. Good introductions on quantum neural networks (QNN) are found in some chapters of this book. Also the study described in this chapter is related to QNN, and the research purpose is to introduce methods used in conventional neural networks to quantum computation. We focus on AQC inspired from an HNN. First the advantages of quantum dynamics and quantum computation are described together with simple examples. Next, neuromorphic adiabatic quantum computation (NAQC) is proposed by relating AQC with HNN in order to incorporate neuro-morphic techniques to quantum computation. The performance of NAQC is evaluated when it is applied to the N-queen problem, which is one of the NP problems. The effect of energy dissipation is studied for favorable state transitions to lower energy states resulting in performance enhancement. Then, a learning method in NAQC is studied for practical use. Finally, hardware implementation of the proposed method is discussed.


    Quantum Computation

    Recent development in nanotechnology makes it possible to fabricate nano-scale devices. It is known that we can confirm the wave nature of an electron when it is confined in a nano-scale region, and the energy of an electron is quantized depending on potential barrier. The behavior of a particle in such a very tiny region is explained not by classical mechanics but by quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics says that a quantum state can be expressed as a superposition of certain states. For example, let us consider a spin-1/2 particle and suppose that its state is given as

    ( )12

    = + , (1)

    where and denote the spin-up and down states, respectively. If we measure the spin state in Eq.(1), and are found with the same probability 1/2. This superposition is the most important characteristic for quantum computa-tion. Next, we execute the NOT operation with this particle. Usually, we use 0 (1 0) , 1 (0 1)t t = = = = , and a quantum NOT operator is given as

    0 11 0


    N , (2)

    The time evolution of a quantum system is given as

    ( )( )

    ti H t


    = , (3)

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    ( ) ( ) ( )0t U t=

    , (4)

    ( ) ( )expU t iHt= , (5)

    where H and )(tU are Hamiltonian and its Unitary operators, respectively. Note that we use 1= for simplicity.

    When N is chosen as the Hamiltonian H and t is equal to , )(tU is identical with N . Thus the NOT opera-tion can be done, in which two independent state changes 0 1 , 1 0 occur simultaneously. Note that the initial state is recovered at 2t = . This is the simplest example of quantum logic operations, where ( )t denotes a single qubit state and is given as a superposition of 0 and 1 . The term qubit is used for clarifying the difference with a classical digital bit. To be exact, the single qubit state is given as

    0 10 1C C= + , (6)

    where C0 and C1 are complex numbers. By considering the normalized condition 2 2

    0 1 1C C+ = , is rewrit-ten as

    e cos 0 e sin 12 2

    i i = +

    . (7)

    Furthermore, since the phase factor ei does not affect observable physical states, it is convenient to use the fol-lowing representation in Bloch sphere as shown in Fig.1.

    cos 0 e sin 12 2

    i= + , (8)

    where 0 and 0 2 .

    Figure 1. Bloch vector of a qubit




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    In general, quantum computation is done by executing a set of quantum logic operations. For example, a single qubit rotation gate changes ( ), to ( ), in Bloch sphere. Also, a two-qubit controlled-NOT (CNOT) gate inverts a target bit if the other control qubit is 1 , namely the state changes as 00 00 , 01 01 , 10 11 , 11 10 . Note that 2 1x x is the binary notation of the two-qubit state. Any quantum logic is realized with the pair of a single qubit rotation gate and a two-qubit CNOT gate, and thus this pair is one of the quantum universal gates (Nielsen & Chuang, 2000).

    To utilize quantum parallelism fully, dedicated quantum algorithms have been proposed. One of the most famous quantum computation algorithms is Shors factorization algorithm (Shor, 1994). We do not explain the algorithm entirely, but describe the algorithm for finding the period of a given function, which is the most im-portant computational step in Shors factorization algorithm. Two quantum registers are required for finding the period of a function f(x). X and Y registers store x and f(x) values, respectively, and they must be coupled in a quantum manner. At the beginning of the calculation, all possible values for the argument x and corresponding f(x) are set to these registers as a superpositional state

    ( )2 1


    1 ,2



    x f x


    = , (9)

    where n denotes the number of qubits in the X register. By applying the following discrete Fourier transform acting on the X register,

    2 12 /2


    1 e2



    x k


    , (10)

    the whole state in Eq.(9) changes to the state given as

    ( )2 1 2 1

    2 /2

    0 0

    1 e ,2

    n nnikx

    nx k

    k f k

    = =

    = . (11)

    To view how this calculation works, let us consider a simple case in which we choose n = 3 and T = 2, where T denotes the period of the function f (x). Now, we obtain the following result.

    ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ){ }1 0, 0 0, 1 4, 0 e 4, 12if f f f = + + + , (12)

    where the relations (0) (2) (4) (6), (1) (3) (5) (7)f f f f f f f f= = = = = = are considered. It can be seen that many

    terms are canceled out due to the periodicity of f (x). By measuring the X register, we find 0 or 4 with the same probability 1/2. According to Shors algorithm, the measured value takes one of the following values,

    ( )1 22 2 2 3 20, , , , ,

    nn n n TT T T T

    . (13)

    Therefore, we find the period T is equal

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