Quantum Computing More Accessible Via Open-Source Software – ProjectQ


Numerous players are foraying into the space of quantum computing with its rising popularity. So many startups entered the space in the past one year, observes a professor of physics named Thomas Häner at ETH Zurich in a magazine called R&D Magazine. With more investors entering the fray, the quantum computing field is set to soar exponentially in the near future. Häner and his team at ETH Zurich created ProjectQ, which is an open-source software sans any charges for quantum computing. It enables users to install the programs on quantum computing in a super sophisticated programming language known as Python. To that end, it uses an intuitive, powerful syntax.

ProjectQ has the ability to change these programs to any kind of back-end ranging from a simulator which can be done on a classical computer to a real quantum chip. As per Haner, the framework has been created to simplify usage of quantum computing for programmers.  Before, there were no languages for quantum computing which offered greater level of abstractions that could equal classical assembly languages. The primary idea behind it is that a person working on algorithms needs to install each gate and subroutine just once. Post that, he or she can contribute it to the project and others can reuse those subroutines.

ProjectQ has a complicated language to write quantum programs, a customizable compiler, several software and hardware back-ends, and a library to unravel fermionic problems on a quantum computer.

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