Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization (QUBO) problems can be addressed on quantum annealing systems. We reformulate the strong coupling lattice QCD dual representation as a QUBO matrix. We confirm that importance sampling is feasible on the D-Wave Advantage quantum annealer. We describe the setup of the system and present the first results obtained on a D-wave quantum annealer for U(N) gauge group.
Furthermore, we outline a strategy for going to larger volumes and tackling the SU(N) gauge theory which has the sign problem.