Adiabatic computation on D-wawe's annealer

Is it possible to perform an adiabatic computation on the D-Wawe's computers?

After a lot of reading about Quantum Annealing and Quantum adiabatic computation, in my mind the first one is a "softer" version of the second and it is more practical due to less severe conditions of application and to the smaller time of computation (which will cause problems due to decoherence of qubits).

For this reasons D-wawe computers are designed to implement Quantum annealing instead of Adiabatic computation but I don't understand if is still possible to create an Adiabatic evolution. 

Furthermore, are there any other advantages or disadvantages in doing so ? Is it possible to create a comparison between Quantum Annealing and Quantum adiabatic evolution on D-wawe's computers ?  

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  • Hi Rodolfo,

    For our systems, I'm going to consider quantum adiabatic computation as meaning that the system stays in the ground state throughout the anneal and doesn't exchange energy with its environment. Please let me know if you're thinking of adiabatic computation differently.

    It's possible to anneal adiabatically with contrived problems on our system. For example, you can achieve adiabaticity for a strongly biased single qubit or ferromagnetic chain. This becomes more complex when considering industrially sized and relevant problems though.

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

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