2018 年 53 巻 5 号 p. 287-294
Quantum annealing (QA) is a promising calculation method for obtaining a better solution to combinatorial optimization problems. QA is a natural computation technique proposed in the context of statistical physics in 1998. In 2011, the world's first commercial machine realizing QA experimentally was released. After that, the development of hardware and software has been exhaustive, and the studies on application search have been done using commercial QA machines. In this paper, we first explain the basics of QA without assuming the knowledge of statistical physics and quantum physics. We also show a couple of examples of application studies on QA. In addition, existing problems and overcoming other methods are explained.