In the standard application of quantum annealing in D-Wave systems, all qubits evolve simultaneously, experiencing equal changes to tunneling energy and making an equal contribution to the classical energy function.
In some situations, however, it is beneficial to offset the annealing paths of the qubits, so that some are annealed slightly before others. This technique can improve both optimization and sampling performance for certain types of problems.
Solver API Release 2.5, September 2016
Properties and Parameters¶
- anneal_offsets—Array indicating whether and by how many normalized offset units to modify the annealing path for each qubit.
Solver properties (values vary slightly by QPU):