towards the age of quantum information

Roger Luo

A brief intro for JuliaQuantum

JuliaQuantum is an Julia umbrella organization to build libraries in Julia for quantum science and technology. The organization aims to provide people advanced high performance libraries in Julia language.

Why Julia?

Julia is a fast dynamic programming language designed for high performance and its multiple-dispatch feature.

I would like to quote a short description from ForwardDiff.jl

Unlike many other languages, Julia’s type-based operator overloading is fast and natural, and one of the central design tenets of the langauge. This is because Julia is a dynamic, JIT-compiled language - the compiled bytecode of a Julia function is tied directly to the types with which the function is called, so the compiler can optimize every Julia method for the specific input type at runtime.

For Scientists

High performance is important, however, as the complexity of problems grows rapidly , a programming language designed for high efficiency is also necessary. And we would not like to be cautious of pointers, type declarations and other trifles, we hope we can

Focus on our problems

The language design of Julia makes it much more convenient for scientists in calculating their problems and sharing ideas. eg. Thanks to the unicode support, you could type equations in a more natural way.

julia> exp(im*π)

And as I said, no need for type declarations if you do not want it.

julia> x=π
π = 3.1415926535897...

Projects in JuliaQuantum

  • QuDynamics.jl
  • QuDirac.jl
  • QuBase.jl
  • QuCmp.jl

Use Julia in quantum science

Case 1: AdiaRoll.jl

This is a simple adiabatic computing simulator in Julia. And it became a part of QuCmp.jl later.

A brief intro to quantum computing

The world of quantum is usually amazing and strange. One of the most important feature in quantum mechanics is the so-called entanglement.

But what is entanglement?

In a quantum computer, an example of entanglement is like:

There are two bits |0⟩ and |0⟩, and somehow, they have a kind of connection, so when the first bit changes from |1⟩, the second bit will become |1⟩, too.

In quantum machanics, we write it in this way:

$$ |\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0\rangle|0\rangle-|1\rangle |1\rangle) $$

Here, the square of parameters before the states represents the possibility of each state. Because this kind of bits is quite different from normal ones, we call them the qubits.

However, it could be quite inconvenient to describe them in this way, what if we represent them in matrixes and vectors?

and we could represent the state in this way via quantum mechanics:

$$ \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ 0\\ 0\\ -\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ \end{pmatrix} \begin{matrix} |00\rangle\\ |01\rangle\\ |10\rangle\\ |11\rangle \end{matrix} $$

As qubits is represented by vectors, we could use matrix to describe the operations on qubits, eg. this operation flips the qubits above

$$ \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0\\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0\\ 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \end{pmatrix} \cdot \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ 0\\ 0\\ -\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix} -\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ 0\\ 0\\ \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\\ \end{pmatrix} $$

Furthermore, all the states obeys the Schrödinger equation:

$$ i\frac{d}{dt} |\psi(t)\rangle = H(t) |\psi(t)\rangle $$

Adiabatic computing

Adiabatic computing is a quite different way in quantum computing models. According to the adiabatic theorm, if the evolution is slow enough,the ground state can be kept during the evolution.

The ground state has the smallest eigen value, as:

H|ground state⟩=E0|ground state⟩

Therefore, we could encode our questions to qubits' eigen value

Exact Cover Problem

The Exact Cover problem is about a sequence of clause for n-bits

C1 ∧ C2 ∧ …CM

each clauses involves 3 bits,and the question is what kind of value can these n bits satisfy this sequence of clause?

First a Hamiltonian can be constructed as following:
H(s)=(1 − s)HB + s ⋅ HP 0 ≤ s ≤ 1

$$ H_B^{(i)} = \frac{1}{2}(1-\sigma_{x}^{(i)})\quad with\quad \sigma_x^{(i)}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} $$

HB = ∑HB(i)

HP, C(|z1⟩|z2⟩⋯|zn⟩) = hC(ziC, zjC, zkC)|z1⟩|z2⟩⋯|zn

Cost Function

The function hC is called cost function

for example,

$$ h_C = \begin{cases} 0 \quad \text{if the clause is satisfied}\\ 1 \quad \text{if the clause is violated} \end{cases} $$

Back to our Hamiltonian Again

take s as t/T,where t is the current time and T is the evolution time.
H = (1 − t/T)HB + t/T ⋅ HP

At the begining

H is actually HB,and the ground state of HB is designed to Bell state.

Arrives the final

H becomes HP, and we get the ground state of HP, which is the answer to a given problem.Even the problem does not actually have an answer, the algorithm can find the best-match answer.

And I developed this package: AdiaRoll.jl, using the Julia language

this interface for adiabatic computing is provided as by both Hamiltonian and truth-table for some specific problems.

using AdiaRoll

eigen,state,p = evolution(

And the evolution function will finish the evolution for computing

In QuCmp, the adiabatic parts' APIs is more flexible and easy to use. As the computing process is actually a time-evolution operator.

As I introduced in previous slides, there is a lot of matrix operations in this adiabtatic computing. However, with the BLAS support in Julia, matrixes can be used in a much cleaner form with high perfomance.

And use PyPlot.jl to plot the result

Case 2: Noodles.jl for Bohmian mechanics

A brief intro

Bohmian mechanics

There has been a lot explaination for quantum mechanics, and bohmian mechanics is one of them.

According to quantum mechanics, the state of a particle could be described by a wave function ϕ, and it do not have such a concept of trajectories. However, in bohmian mechanics, we do have a concept of physical trajectories.

After some mathematical calculations, the speed of a particle should be:

$$ V = \frac{\hbar}{m}\frac{\phi^{*}\nabla \phi}{|\phi|^2} $$

In noodles.jl, I offered a solution for drawing particles' trajectories in a velocity field by PyPlot.jl

And the velocity data should be stored in a matrix/tensor whose element should be the velocity at certain grid.

On-going project


QuCmp.jl is a framework for simulations for quantum circuits, one-way and adiabatic quantum computing. And furthermore, after the basic framework is done, we would build quantum compiler and circuit CAD toolkit for the open-source community. As I mentioned it is open source. The license is in MIT license.

Structure design

Explanation for each layer

  • 1st layer provides the other layers the basic simulation environment for quantum computation
  • 2nd layer is based on the 1st layer can applies basic operations on a simulated quantum computer
    • Built-in Algorithms provides efficient implementation for commonly used algorithms, eg. quantum fourier transformation
    • Circuit CAD toolkit provides a user-friendly way to construct quantum circuits and test their outputs
    • Compiler ,the most complex part in this layer, provides optimizations for circuits and compile the quantum programming languages to circuit's APIs(instructions) of the 1st layer
  • 3rd layer is for quantum programming languages, such as Quipper and LIQUi> or developers can design their own languages and part of the compiler based on the simulated environment provided by 1st and 2nd layer.

Type Structure

Design :

abstract AbstractModels
abstract QuCircuit<:AbstractModels
abstract Adiabatic<:AbstractModels
abstract Oneway <:AbstractModels

abstract AbstractOp{N}
abstract TimeOp{N}<:AbstractOp{N}
abstract Clifford<:AbstractOp{1}
type QuBit #or AbstractVector

    function QuBit(state::AbstractVector,bitnum::Integer)
        check_state(state) #check if state length meets bitnum
## A graph state is stored by an adjacent matrix
type GraphState<:Oneway

## or a group of stabilizer
type stabilizer<:GraphState
immutable Gate{T}<:QuCircuit

type GateUnit{T}<:QuCircuit

typealias Gates AbstractVector{GateUnit}

type Circuit<:QuCircuit


Prototype 1: Simple Quantum Circuits

Construct a circuit

a circuit is constructed by Circuit:

you can construct an empty circuit:

circuit = Circuit()

to add gates, use the method addgate!

the addgate! method allows following way to add a quantum gate or a module to a specific place in the circuit.

# for single qubit gates(like Hadamard)
# circuit : the circuit object
# gate : gate object you want to insert
# id   : the id of the qubit you want to add this gate to
# for example
# |a> ----[H]----
# |b> -----------
# |c> -----------
# let's add a Hadamard gate to the first qubit in this three-qubit circuit

# first create your circuit
c = Circuit()
# for controlled gates
# |a> -----x--------
#          |
# |b> ----[H]-------
# |c> --------------

c_H = Circuit()
addgate!(c_H, 1, Hadamard, 2, 1)
# or for multiple input gates(will be useful for other gate-like modules)

# |a> --------x------
#             |
# |b> ------|***|----
#           | M |
# |c> ------|***|----
c_M = Circuit()
addgate!(c_M, 1, M, [2, 3], 1)

# or for multiple controlled gates

# |a> -------x--------
#            |
# |b> -------x--------
#            |
# |c> ------[H]-------
cc_H = Circuit()
addgate!(cc_H, [1,2], Hadamard, 3)

to measure a circuit, simply use the measure method on the circuit you want to measure with the the circuit's input state

# measure the circuit:
# |a> ----[H]----
# |b> -----------
# |c> -----------
# with input state:
# 1/2*sqrt(2)(|000>+|001>+|010>+...+|111>)

input_state = InitState(3)
circuit = Circuit()
addgate!(circuit, Hadamard, 1, 1)
res_state = measure(circuit,input_state)

Prototype 2: quantum Fourier Transformation


implementation in adiabatic computational model

QFT circuit pic
QFT circuit pic
# Quantum Fourier Transformation
init_state = InitStates(4)# inputs the number of bits

QFT_curcuit = Circuit()

for i=1:4
    for j=1:i-1
res_state = measure(QFT_circuit,init_state)
# suppose this to be the command line(the result is made up)
measurement of QFT_circuit:
states| prob
|0000>: 0.0001
|0001>: 0.2000
|1111>: 0.2000

# For visualization, a circuit should be plotted by

If you are interested in quantum computing or you are interested in my projects, you could follow me( @ Roger-luo ) on github