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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 8: Programming with Qiskit Terra

Terra is one of the four natural classical elements. It represents earth. Qiskit is packaged to contain all four elements: Terra, Aer, Ignis, and Aqua (earth, air, fire, and water, respectively), which together make up the universe of quantum programming.

Terra represents the link between the core hardware of a quantum system and the other elements, which transcend upward through the application stack. It is, therefore, the foundation used for creating quantum circuits, as well as generating and scheduling pulses from the circuits onto the hardware devices. Other features, such as optimizers and transpilers, are used to ensure the circuits are optimal to reduce coherence and improve performance. In this chapter, we will explore all the key features available in Terra to help you create your own circuits, optimizers, and pulse schedules.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Understanding quantum circuits
  • Generating...