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Quantum Computing with Silq Programming

By : Srinjoy Ganguly, Thomas Cambier
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Quantum Computing with Silq Programming

By: Srinjoy Ganguly, Thomas Cambier

Overview of this book

Quantum computing is a growing field, with many research projects focusing on programming quantum computers in the most efficient way possible. One of the biggest challenges faced with existing languages is that they work on low-level circuit model details and are not able to represent quantum programs accurately. Developed by researchers at ETH Zurich after analyzing languages including Q# and Qiskit, Silq is a high-level programming language that can be viewed as the C++ of quantum computers! Quantum Computing with Silq Programming helps you explore Silq and its intuitive and simple syntax to enable you to describe complex tasks with less code. This book will help you get to grips with the constructs of the Silq and show you how to write quantum programs with it. You’ll learn how to use Silq to program quantum algorithms to solve existing and complex tasks. Using quantum algorithms, you’ll also gain practical experience in useful applications such as quantum error correction, cryptography, and quantum machine learning. Finally, you’ll discover how to optimize the programming of quantum computers with the simple Silq. By the end of this Silq book, you’ll have mastered the features of Silq and be able to build efficient quantum applications independently.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Section 1: Essential Background and Introduction to Quantum Computing
Section 2: Challenges in Quantum Programming and Silq Programming
Section 3: Quantum Algorithms Using Silq Programming
Section 4: Applications of Quantum Computing

A brief history of classical computers

Charles Babbage, also known as the father of the computer, was the first person to develop a mechanical classical computer, called the difference engine. In this computer, the parts were entirely made by hand and punched cards were used to provide inputs to the computer. Then, electromechanical computers were developed during World War II and these were much more efficient than the mechanical difference engine developed by Babbage, using electrical switches to operate the mechanical relays in order to perform calculations. With the advent of vacuum tubes, this changed completely. This was because vacuum tubes are able to control the flow of electric current through the tube whenever an electric potential is applied at the tube ends.

Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was the first programmable and digital computer made for a wider audience. This was constructed in 1945 and consisted of a variety of electronic and electrical...