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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

Generating pulse schedules on hardware

So far, you have learned how to create quantum circuits, add gates that manipulate the qubits of the circuit, and execute the circuits. In this section, we'll go a little deeper to see how a quantum circuit is converted from digital instructions into pulse instructions that physically manipulate the qubits as instructed by the quantum circuit. We'll begin by illustrating how the hardware components are connected to the various pulse channels.

IBM Quantum Experience provides you with access to the machines in a way that is unique from most other quantum systems available on the cloud. Terra includes a Pulse library that allows you to control the pulses sent to the hardware that controls the device. Based on the OpenPulse documentation (, it is tailored to provide the functionality to generate pulse signals used to control the qubits.

In order to understand how the pulse functionality works, we&apos...