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Quantum Computing Algorithms

By : Barry Burd
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Book Image

Quantum Computing Algorithms

5 (1)
By: Barry Burd

Overview of this book

Navigate the quantum computing spectrum with this book, bridging the gap between abstract, math-heavy texts and math-avoidant beginner guides. Unlike intermediate-level books that often leave gaps in comprehension, this all-encompassing guide offers the missing links you need to truly understand the subject. Balancing intuition and rigor, this book empowers you to become a master of quantum algorithms. No longer confined to canned examples, you'll acquire the skills necessary to craft your own quantum code. Quantum Computing Algorithms is organized into four sections to build your expertise progressively. The first section lays the foundation with essential quantum concepts, ensuring that you grasp qubits, their representation, and their transformations. Moving to quantum algorithms, the second section focuses on pivotal algorithms — specifically, quantum key distribution and teleportation. The third section demonstrates the transformative power of algorithms that outpace classical computation and makes way for the fourth section, helping you to expand your horizons by exploring alternative quantum computing models. By the end of this book, quantum algorithms will cease to be mystifying as you make this knowledge your asset and enter a new era of computation, where you have the power to shape the code of reality.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
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Part 1 Nuts and Bolts
Part 2 Making Qubits Work for You
Part 3 Quantum Computing Algorithms
Part 4 Beyond Gate-Based Quantum Computing

The future of quantum computing

As far as we know, we’ll never trade in all our classical computers for quantum computing models. Quantum computers aren’t good for performing the mundane tasks that we assign to most computers today. You wouldn’t want to program a simple spreadsheet on a quantum computer, even if you could find a way to do it.

But to solve certain kinds of problems, a quantum computer with sufficiently many qubits will leave classical computers in the dust. Chapter 9 shows you how sufficiently powerful quantum computers will be able to factor 2,048-bit numbers. According to some estimates, a factoring problem that would take classical computers 300 trillion years to solve will require only 10 seconds of a quantum computer’s time. If we can achieve an advantage of this kind using a real quantum computer, we call it quantum supremacy.

In 2019, a team at Google claimed to have demonstrated quantum supremacy. Its 53-qubit quantum computer...