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Quantum Computing in Practice with Qiskit® and IBM Quantum Experience®

By : Hassi Norlen
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Book Image

Quantum Computing in Practice with Qiskit® and IBM Quantum Experience®

5 (1)
By: Hassi Norlen

Overview of this book

IBM Quantum Experience® is a leading platform for programming quantum computers and implementing quantum solutions directly on the cloud. This book will help you get up to speed with programming quantum computers and provide solutions to the most common problems and challenges. You’ll start with a high-level overview of IBM Quantum Experience® and Qiskit®, where you will perform the installation while writing some basic quantum programs. This introduction puts less emphasis on the theoretical framework and more emphasis on recent developments such as Shor’s algorithm and Grover’s algorithm. Next, you’ll delve into Qiskit®, a quantum information science toolkit, and its constituent packages such as Terra, Aer, Ignis, and Aqua. You’ll cover these packages in detail, exploring their benefits and use cases. Later, you’ll discover various quantum gates that Qiskit® offers and even deconstruct a quantum program with their help, before going on to compare Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) and Universal Fault-Tolerant quantum computing using simulators and actual hardware. Finally, you’ll explore quantum algorithms and understand how they differ from classical algorithms, along with learning how to use pre-packaged algorithms in Qiskit® Aqua. By the end of this quantum computing book, you’ll be able to build and execute your own quantum programs using IBM Quantum Experience® and Qiskit® with Python.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 1: Preparing Your Environment

Before you can start working on your quantum programs, you must have a Python environment to execute your code. The examples in this book can be run both on your local machine by using the Qiskit® developer environment provided by IBM Quantum® and in an online environment on IBM Quantum Experience®.

In this chapter, we will take a look at both environments, get you a login account on IBM Quantum Experience®, and install a local version of Qiskit®. We will also discuss the fast-moving environment that is open source Qiskit®, and how to keep your local environment up to date.

We will cover the following recipes:

  • Creating your IBM Quantum Experience® account
  • Installing Qiskit®
  • Downloading the code samples
  • Installing your API key and accessing your provider
  • Keeping your Qiskit® environment up to date

So, let's get started. This chapter, and its contents, is pretty important as it provides you with the foundation on which you can start building your Qiskit® future. Do spend a moment or two setting this up, and then get going with the recipes in this book to get started with quantum programming on Qiskit®. To get you started quickly, you can also grab and run the sample recipe code that is provided with this book.