A Framework for All of Your NISQ Needs

OQE Seminar

Thomas Alexander

IBM TJ Watson Research Center


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

11 AM

Haus Room, 36–428


Hosted by Prof. Dirk Englund

Abstract: Programming quantum computers in the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) regime is a developing science. Device hardware is noisy, constrained and rapidly evolving. At IBM Q we are working towards achieving quantum advantage in the near term and error-correction in the long term. Qiskit is IBM Q’s open-source software development kit (SDK) for leveraging today’s quantum processors with the aim of enabling the quantum processors of tomorrow. Through software based techniques we can navigate and mitigate some of the limitations of current quantum computing systems, and enable research into new techniques for future hardware. To this aim we present OpenPulse an open and extensible framework for controlling quantum systems at the level of microwave pulses. We hope to enable further research into new control, characterization and scheduling techniques that will enable the construction of a next-generation of quantum computing systems.

Bio: Thomas Alexander is a developer at IBM Q working on Qiskit at TJ Watson Research Center. At IBM, Thomas focuses on the interface between the quantum circuit description of a quantum computation and the microwave pulses that will implement these logical operations in hardware. Thomas is the lead developer of the pulse module within Qiskit and spends much of his time thinking about how we can develop a computing infrastructure that will enable the construction and control of large-scale quantum computers.