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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 the differences between the Aer simulators

The IBM Quantum Experience (IQX) has an array of not only real backend quantum devices, but also a multitude of simulators as well, many of which we have used so far in this book. IQX always has the latest Qiskit packages installed. This makes it easy for anyone new to quantum computing to simply log on and start learning and coding right away.

In this section, you will learn about the various Aer simulators, including the differences between them and their distinct features. These features include generating noise models and configuring the simulator backends that allow you to take advantage of modifying their behavior and characteristics to suit your needs.

Of course, you can always install Qiskit locally on your own machine, servers, or any supported device. However, one advantage to using the simulators on IQX is the fact that the server it is installed onto is a pretty large, high-performance system with plenty of...