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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

Understanding Qiskit basics and its elements

Qiskit was built for anyone who wants to work with quantum computers at every level and domain. By this, we mean that if a quantum researcher wanted to work on how the pulses are scheduled on a quantum device, they can do so very easily. The same can be said about users who simply want to extend their applications to leverage a quantum computer to compute information.

In this section, we will learn about the four elements of Qiskit, along with its basics.

Let's take, for example, chemistry researchers, who wish to compute the energy state of two molecules but don't want to go through the hassle of learning about quantum gates and pulses. They just want to load their dataset, classically, to a quantum algorithm and obtain the results transparently. Qiskit was built as a full stack open source software package to facilitate those and many more user type scenarios.

Quantum physicists can experiment at the hardware level by...