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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

Installing Silq

In this section, we will go through the steps that will get the code editor and the Silq programming language installed on your computer. Let's start by installing Microsoft Visual Studio (VS) Code in the next section.

Installing Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Please follow these steps in sequence to install Microsoft VS Code on your computer. The steps are as follows:

  1. Go to the page and select an operating system according to your needs. In our case, we will be using the Microsoft Windows installation procedure. Figure 6.1 shows the Silq installation page:

    Figure 6.1 – The Silq installation page

  2. For our Microsoft installation of VS Code, we land on the page shown in Figure 6.2, which shows you the installation link. Click on the link that says Download the Visual Studio Code installer for Windows:

    Figure 6.2 – VS Code installation page

  3. After clicking the link, a dialog box will open. Click on Save file...