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On Spin-inspired Realization of Quantum and Probabilistic Computing

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posted on 30.10.2019 by Brian Matthew Sutton
The decline of Moore's law has catalyzed a significant effort to identify beyond-CMOS devices and architectures for the coming decades. A multitude of classical and quantum systems have been proposed to address this challenge, and spintronics has emerged as a promising approach for these post-Moore systems. Many of these architectures are tailored specifically for applications in combinatorial optimization and machine learning. Here we propose the use of spintronics for such applications by exploring two distinct but related computing paradigms. First, the use of spin-currents to manipulate and control quantum information is investigated with demonstrated high-fidelity gate operation. This control is accomplished through repeated entanglement and measurement of a stationary qubit with a flying-spin through spin-torque like effects. Secondly, by transitioning from single-spin quantum bits to larger spin ensembles, we then explore the use of stochastic nanomagnets to realize a probabilistic system that is intrinsically governed by Boltzmann statistics. The nanomagnets explore the search space at rapid speeds and can be used in a wide-range of applications including optimization and quantum emulation by encoding the solution to a given problem as the ground state of the equivalent Boltzmann machine. These applications are demonstrated through hardware emulation using an all-digital autonomous probabilistic circuit.


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Supriyo Datta

Additional Committee Member 2

Gerhard Klimeck

Additional Committee Member 3

Yong Chen

Additional Committee Member 4

Zhihong Chen