A new paper has been published in the Advanced Quantum Technologies journal which highligh's the Hub's work on qubit routing in trapped ion quantum computers.
Abstract: The cost of enabling connectivity in noisy intermediate‐scale quantum (NISQ) devices is an important factor in determining computational power. A qubit routing algorithm is created, which enables efficient global connectivity in a previously proposed trapped ion quantum computing architecture. The routing algorithm is characterized by comparison against both a strict lower bound, and a positional swap based routing algorithm. An error model is proposed, which can be used to estimate the achievable circuit depth and quantum volume of the device as a function of experimental parameters. A new metric based on quantum volume, but with native two‐qubit gates, is used to assess the cost of connectivity relative to the upper bound of free, all to all connectivity. The metric is also used to assess a square‐grid superconducting device. These two architectures are compared and it is found that for the shuttling parameters used, the trapped ion design has a substantially lower cost associated with connectivity.
The paper was written by Mark Webber, Steven Herbert, Sebastian Weidt and Winfried K. Hensinger and can be found here.