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Learn Quantum Computing with Python and IBM Quantum Experience

By : Robert Loredo
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Learn Quantum Computing with Python and IBM Quantum Experience

By: Robert Loredo

Overview of this book

IBM Quantum Experience is a platform that enables developers to learn the basics of quantum computing by allowing them to run experiments on a quantum computing simulator and a real quantum computer. This book will explain the basic principles of quantum mechanics, the principles involved in quantum computing, and the implementation of quantum algorithms and experiments on IBM's quantum processors. You will start working with simple programs that illustrate quantum computing principles and slowly work your way up to more complex programs and algorithms that leverage quantum computing. As you build on your knowledge, you’ll understand the functionality of IBM Quantum Experience and the various resources it offers. Furthermore, you’ll not only learn the differences between the various quantum computers but also the various simulators available. Later, you’ll explore the basics of quantum computing, quantum volume, and a few basic algorithms, all while optimally using the resources available on IBM Quantum Experience. By the end of this book, you'll learn how to build quantum programs on your own and have gained practical quantum computing skills that you can apply to your business.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Tour of the IBM Quantum Experience (QX)
Section 2: Basics of Quantum Computing
Section 3: Algorithms, Noise, and Other Strange Things in Quantum World
Appendix A: Resources

Chapter 7: Introducing Qiskit and its Elements

In this chapter, you will learn about the Quantum Information Science Kit (Qiskit) and all its elements in order to develop and implement various quantum computing programs. Qiskit (pronounced kiss-kit) is comprised of four elements, each of which has a specific functionality and role that can be leveraged based on the areas that you wish to experiment with. These elements are Terra (Earth), Aer (Air), Ignis (Fire), and Aqua (Water). This chapter will also discuss how to contribute to the open source community and the development of each of the elements, as well as how to connect to other like-minded developers via the Qiskit community.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Understanding quantum and classical system interconnections
  • Understanding Qiskit basics and its elements
  • Installing and configuring Qiskit on your local machine
  • Getting support from the Qiskit community

First, we'll...