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Design Automation for Quantum Computing

Project description

Design of software tools for quantum computing

Currently, we are at the dawn of a new computing age in which quantum computers find their way into practical applications. However, despite the impressive accomplishments in the physical realisation of quantum computers, the development of software tools and automated methods that provide assistance in the design and realisation of applications for those devices is still at the beginning, leaving a situation where we might have powerful quantum computers but hardly any proper means to actually use them. The EU-funded DA QC project aims at developing methods that will help in avoiding such a situation. The focus is on the development of efficient methods and software for tasks such as simulation, compilation, verification, etc.

Objective

"In the 1970s, researchers started to utilize quantum mechanics to address questions in computer science and information theory—
establishing new research directions such as quantum computing. Now, more than four decades later, we are at the dawn of a new
""computing age"" in which quantum computers indeed will find its way into practical application. However, while impressive
accomplishments can be observed in the physical realization of quantum computers, the development of automated tools and
methods that provide assistance in the design and realization of applications for those devices is at risk of not being able to keep up
with this development anymore—leaving a situation where we might have powerful quantum computers but hardly any proper
means to actually use them.

This project aims to provide a solution for this upcoming design gap by developing efficient and practical relevant methods for
corresponding simulation, synthesis, and verification tasks. While the current state of the art severely suffers from the
interdisciplinarity of quantum computing (leading to the consideration of inappropriate models, inconsistent interpretations, or
""wrong"" problem formulations), this project will build a bridge between the design automation community and the quantum
computing community. This will allow to fully exploit the potential of design automation which is hardly utilized in quantum
computing yet.

Since quantum computers are reaching feasibility, the methods developed within this project will be highly demanded. Preliminary
investigations conducted in preparation of this proposal already showed the potential of such an endeavor and raised significant
attention in the quantum computing community and its ""big players"". The project plans to continue these developments on a larger
scale—eventually providing the foundation for design automation methods that accomplish for quantum computing what the
design automation community realized for classical electronic circuits."

Host institution

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 929 552,00
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 1 929 552,00

Beneficiaries (4)